Machinery Safety

Workbench tools

Safety Tips for Machinery Use

  • Install and properly use guards.
  • Do not pull on cords or carry tools or machinery by the cords.
  • Do not use electrical tools in damp, wet areas unless they are approved for use.
  • Routinely inspect machinery and equipment not functioning properly can cause accidents. Do not use damaged tools and place the “DO NOT OPERATE” red tag.
  • Shut off electricity before working on any electrical equipment.
  • Do not put electrical cords under carpets, this creates a fire hazard.
  • Use the right tool for the job. Use hammer to hammer things in, not a screwdriver or wrench.
  • When fixing machinery, remember to lockout-tag out.
  • Never use a tool if the power cord is frayed or the hydraulic or air hose is damaged.
  • Protect your hearing by wearing earplugs or muffs.
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as closed toed shoes, long pants, and safety glasses. Pay attention to fitting.
  • Remove rings, watches, and jewelry before working with power tools or other equipment.
  • On a tractor, use the roll over protection system (ROPS) and wear a seat belt. Rollovers or overturns are a leading cause of death on a farm.
  • Create an emergency procedure plan. Review and update it annually. Place it in a visible area.
  • When working with equipment with vibration, use shock protectant gloves and shock absorbent seat pads to reduce shock and vibration in your body. Store gasoline away from machine shed. Storing gasoline away from machinery and shops can help limit and control fires.
  • Read and follow instructions in machinery manual before operating machinery.