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1 Safe maintenance in agriculture Healthy Workplaces – European Campaign on Safe Maintenance

2 Summary Introduction Maintenance tasks in agriculture Hazards related to maintenance in agriculture Most common causes of maintenance-related accidents in agriculture Preventive measures Legislation More information

3 Some characteristics of the sector Agriculture - one of the most hazardous sectors Non-fatal occupational accidents rates 1.7 times higher than the average and the number of fatal accidents 3 times higher Family work and a large degree of self- employment Migrant workers, seasonal workers, temporary contracts

4 Maintenance tasks in agriculture are diverse Including maintenance of machines, equipment and vehicles farmyards and buildings silos, bins, slurry tanks and grain tanks electrical installations drainage and irrigation systems paved and unpaved roads

5 Hazards related to maintenance in agriculture (1) Because of the wide variety of tasks, there are many different hazards involved, including: Mechanical hazards related to the maintenance of machinery, such as crushing, entanglement and high- pressure fluid injection Electrical hazards when working with defective equipment or during maintenance of electrical installations and equipment, or repair of broken electric fences

6 Hazards related to maintenance in agriculture (2) Thermal hazards related to the use of welding or heating equipment during maintenance, or maintenance of equipment with hot surfaces or operating fluids Chemical hazards related to the use of dangerous substances during maintenance, or maintenance of equipment containing dangerous substances Fire or explosion hazard during maintenance of facilities or equipment containing dangerous and explosive substances such as tanks, bins and silos, or fuel tanks

7 Hazards related to maintenance in agriculture (3) Biological hazards during maintenance of installations contaminated by biological agents, slurry tanks, ditches and sewage infrastructure Ergonomic hazards, such as awkward postures, poorly designed tools Hazards related to working in confined spaces Falls from height, slips, trips

8 Most common causes of accidents Transport - being struck by a moving vehicle Struck by moving or falling objects Falls from height, slips, trips Asphyxiation or drowning Contact with machinery or the material being machined Injury by an animal Bad work practices are a factor in many machinery accidents

9 What increases the accident risk Lone working in a remote location Lack of protective equipment Financial constraints, time pressure and fatigue Lack of awareness / training / information Subcontracting, seasonal workers, migrant workers

10 Preventive measures Try to eliminate risks. If risks cannot be completely eliminated, try to minimise them Follow safe work procedures Use appropriate equipment, including personal protective equipment Never do a job you are not competent to do! RISK ASSESSMENT!

11 Check machinery / vehicles / equipment before use Carry out a basic check of machinery / vehicles / equipment / tools before each use Check for mechanical defects Check that guards are in place and not damaged Check wheels and blades for cracks Check electrical cords, connections, earthing Never use machines / equipment / tools which are not properly maintained!

12 Machinery maintenance Machinery and equipment should be maintained in good working condition following the manufacturers recommendations and must be regularly checked by a competent person Many accidents on farms happen during maintenance of machinery or clearing blockages Stop the machine before any intervention – remove the key or lock off power Make sure the machine has come to a complete stop Secure anything which could move or rotate Remember that energy is stored in, for example, springs or hydraulics Use the right tools for the job Follow the manufacturers instructions Replace the guards when the job is finished Check the machine before restarting

13 General workshop safety Keep the workshop clean and tidy Make sure there are no slipping and tripping hazards Make sure there is enough space for storing tools and materials Remove waste, dust, and old equipment Store and charge batteries in a well-ventilated area away from sources of ignition Avoid chlorinated solvents for degreasing and put degreasing baths in well-ventilated areas Make sure arc welding is done in a protected area Keep noise levels from plant controlled Keep tools in good working condition Make sure adequate PPE is provided

14 Working in confined spaces Avoid entering confined spaces If entry is unavoidable, follow a safe system of work Put in place adequate emergency arrangements before the work starts Test the air before entering and monitor it during the work Provide adequate ventilation Use adequate equipment - personal protective equipment, lighting, communications gear Only workers having the competence for the job should be allowed to do it

15 Working at height (1) Falls often happen from roofs, vehicles, machinery, ladders, and unsuitable access equipment. Avoid working at height If working at height cannot be avoided, use suitable equipment to prevent falls or to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall Use fall-arrest safety equipment such as safety harnesses as a last resort Use ladders only when there is no safer alternative, and only for simple work of short duration Make sure that tools and materials can be safely raised and lowered to and from the roof or working platform Put in place emergency rescue arrangements

16 Working at height (2) Fragile roofs Fit appropriate warning signs to buildings that have fragile roofs Always assume that roofs are fragile unless you can confirm otherwise Never walk on any fragile roof - use appropriate crawling boards and/or roof ladders secured as necessary Work on fragile roofs should only be carried out by persons who have been specifically trained and who are experienced in such tasks Machinery Don't climb on any area of the machine unless it is designed for this purpose Wear well-fitting, slip-resistant safety footwear when working on vehicles

17 Personal protective equipment (PPE) Engineering controls and safe systems of work must always be considered first Provide and ensure the use of PPE as a last resort PPE has to be suitable for the work and conditions, and must give adequate protection

18 EU legislation Safety and health in agriculture is not covered by a specific EU directive but various EU directives address certain safety and health issues in the sector. Council Directive 89/391/EEC, the Framework Directive, sets out the risk assessment process and the general principles of risk prevention The framework directive is supplemented by individual directives, also relevant for maintenance in agriculture Council Recommendation concerning the improvement of the protection of the health and safety at work of self-employed workers More information at framework-directive/the-osh-framework-directive-introduction framework-directive/the-osh-framework-directive-introduction Some Member States have developed a specific legal framework for occupational health and safety in agriculture

19 More information Maintenance in agriculture - a safety and health guide agriculture-a-safety-and-health-guide/view agriculture-a-safety-and-health-guide/view Farmwise Bonnes pratiques de sécurité dans le secteur agricole (partie 1) Bonnes pratiques de sécurité dans le secteur agricole (partie 2) pratiques-2.pdf pratiques-2.pdf No second chances - A farm machinery safety step-by-step guide Maintenance work - machinery and equipment Machines accesParReference/INRS-FR/$FILE/fset.html accesParReference/INRS-FR/$FILE/fset.html Managing confined spaces on farms Why fall for it? Preventing falls in agriculture


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