- IFP & Organics
Tractors, sprayers, mowers and ATVs are common pieces of equipment used in orchards. Employers must ensure that all equipment is in good working order and meets standards. All guards must be in place and marked with warning decals that are easily identifiable. It is especially important to have shields on power take-offs. Guards must not be removed. Access doors must not be opened until all components come to a complete stop.
The employer must not allow anyone to operate equipment unless authorized, adequately trained and have proven competency.
Tractors newer than 1985 and over 20 HP must have Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and seat belts. Any tractor operating on a steep slope or narrow roadway has an increased risk of rollover which indicates a need for ROPS. Under special circumstances, a low profile tractor used in orchards where there is low overhead clearance and the risk of rollover is not significant, the low profile tractor may have an exemption from the ROPS requirement. When not operating with these conditions, any folding ROPS must be in a raised position, this is especially important when travelling on public roadways. Tractors operated without ROPS must have a risk assessment completed to ensure there is a low risk of rollover for the specific task and site involved.