Tractors are often one of the first pieces of powered mobile farming equipment that farmers teach their children to operate. However, tractors have accounted for 20 per cent of farm incidents involving working children.
More than half of the incidents had no active supervision by an adult at the time of the incident.
Working children must be able to do/have all of the following to perform drive a tractor safely:
• Reach and operate controls while wearing a seatbelt
• Strength to repeatedly operate controls
• Tall enough for good field of vision when seated on tractor
• Recognise a hazard, problem solve, and respond appropriately
• React quickly to hazards
• Mature enough to consistently do what is expected
• Think through actions and consequences before acting
• Avoid loose clothing, clothes with strings, tie up long hair
• Safely demonstrate the job multiple times
• Maintain a two-way communication link at all times
Eliminate the risk
Is there an adult available that can perform the task without the need for a working child.
Ensure tractor is mechanically sound and safety features are in place, including Rollover Protective Devices (ROPS) and seatbelts.
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