Every year a number of persons are killed or seriously injured while attempting to clear blockages or carry out maintenance on farm machinery. In fact from 2000 to 2009, 80 people have been killed in farm related accidents caused by vehicles and machinery alone.
Before commencing such work, ask yourself the following question. Am I competent to unblock the machine safely? If you are unsure, contact the manufacturer/distributor or obtain the services of a trained, competent person to carry out the work in a safe manner.
The following safe work procedures may be useful to prevent accidents, primarily when clearing blockages or carrying out basic maintenance, on farm machinery: