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Tractors and Mobile Plant

Tractors and Mobile Plant safety 

Tractors and their attachments are an essential part of dairy farming gear, but are still one of the major causes of fatalities and serious injury to all who live and work on farms. Operators, passengers, bystanders and children are all at risk.

Tractors of all sizes and ages are to be found on most dairy farms. As farms have become larger and handling of bulk materials has become necessary, specialist mobile machinery has become more common. 

This type of plant includes, for example, industrial front end loaders and telehandlers. 

As an employer or person conducting a business on the farm, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that everyone is safe on and around tractors and mobile plant. 

Use the resources below to help prevent injury and ensure that you comply with this requirement. These include Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) templates for tractors and each type of mobile plant on your farm.

Work Health and Safety regulations require that you must assess and manage the risks to health and safety associated with use of any plant. 


The Farm Safety Manual aims to make it straightforward for dairy farmers to build and improve a comprehensive farm safety system.

Farm Safety Manual resources
TMP: Step by step - Setting up for farm tractors, attachments & mobile plant safety on your farm PDF
TMP: Safety self assessment PDF
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)  
TMP: SOPs for Tractors
TMP: SOPs for Power Take Off (PTO) driven equipment Word
TMP: SOP for Post Hole Digger Word
TMP: SOP for Post Driver Word
TMP: SOP for Rotary Slasher
TMP: SOP for Telehandler Word
Further information
Safe use of tractors and attachments (WorkSafe Victoria)         PDF
Farmsafe guide on Tractors  site not available
Front end loaders and their attachments on tractors
(WA and NSW Workcover)

Post Drivers - Industry Safety Standards: a handbook for workplaces (WorkSafe Victoria)
Slashers Guide (NSW Workcover & WorkSafe Victoria) PDF
Used agricultural plant at clearing sales (WorkSafe Victoria 2009)
Telehandlers: design and licensing (WorkSafe Vic 2017) PDF
Farm Safety Manual resources

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