Published onJune 23 2020
The Non-Technical Skills in Agriculture (NTSAg) and Applied Psychology and Human Factors (APHF) departments at Aberdeen University have teamed up to develop and launch the tractor situation awareness app, called SA Go.
The agricultural industry is a high risk sector; working with machinery accounts for one of the main hazards to farmer's safety, along with livestock and working at height. So to help enhance worker's situation awareness and safety, the two teams set out to develop the checklist.
The app consists of the Universities' awareness checklist updated for a smartphone format, along with the key safety checks which should be implemented before a tractor is driven and a to-do list in case anything crops up during the safety checks.
The awareness checklist was created in collaboration with farm safety organisations Lantra and Elizabeth Creed Consulting as well as with support from IOSH and Women in Agriculture (Scottish Government) the team developed their research into a practical tool for farmers. Dr John McNamara, the Health and Safety Specialist Advisor for Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development also collaborated in the research.
SA Go is available for download on both Apple and Android devices.