Tractor-driven post hole diggers – Entanglement: A health and safety solution

Guidance on how to identify, manage and reduce the risk of permanent disability, serious injury or death caused by entanglement when using tractor-driven post hole diggers.


What it contains

You can become entangled in tractor-driven post hole diggers when your hands, feet, legs, hair, jewellery or clothing are caught in the rotating parts of the machine. The risks are high, and these accidents cause permanent disability, serious injury and death. This document tells you:

  • the common causes of entanglement incidents
  • the types of injuries caused by entanglement incidents
  • how to reduce these risks by managing your equipment
  • work systems that reduce the risk of entanglement
  • how to safely improve digger penetration
  • how to manage locations where people may be at risk of entanglement
  • how to reduce your risk by managing your hair, jewellery and clothing

At the end of the document, you’ll find contact details for the WorkSafe Advisory Service if you need more information or advice.