Execution of experimental tests on agricultural machinery under safety conditions
Pochi, D.; Vassalini, G.; Fornaciari L., Grilli, R.; Fanigliulo, R.
International Conference: September 15-17, 2008 Ragusa - Italy “Innovation Technology to Empower Safety, Health and Welfare in Agriculture and Agro-food Systems” CIGR-AIIA, Ragusa 15 17 sett. 2008
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The different aspects of safety and health protection (prevention, exposure to chemical or physical agents, etc.) are regulated by specific national and international laws and standards. It is often difficult to apply them to agricultural work, characterized by seasonality and extreme variability of activities and implements. In a research centre such as the CRA-ING, performing test on agricultural machinery, such difficulties are increased by the use of prototypal instrumentations and equipments that, for their nature, could represent further source of risk. Different, parallel ways must be covered, with the purpose of reducing the the risks for the operators in test activity. Their skilfulness must be constantly updated by means of periodical courses both on technical and safety matter. The test activity has been planned in a “test safety protocol”, indicating the responsible and developing the above mentioned points. Instrumentations and equipments highly reliable and precise have been developed and allow to reduce the number and duration of the tests. Furthermore, the introduction of remote control systems, particularly in heavy duty trials (traction tests, p.t.o. torque and speed tests), enables the operator to set the test parameters and to monitor their behaviour at a safety distance.