Machine Safety

This page covers the following topics:

  • Overview
  • General Machine Safety
  • OSHA's Safety for Agricultural Equipment Standard
  • Farm Field Equipment Safety
  • Farmstead Equipment Safety
  • Cotton Gin Safety
  • "Struck-By" Hazard Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Additional Information


Most farm accidents and fatalities involve machinery. Lack of machine guarding, proper maintenance, proper lockout procedures, and other insufficient safety protocols increase the risk that agricultural workers might be struck by, run over by, entangled in, electrocuted by, or otherwise injured by farm machinery.

This section discusses how to properly operate, guard, and lock out machines and equipment, to minimize the risk of machine-related injuries.

General Machine Safety

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