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ETUI Seminar "Machinery safety in agriculture: better ergonomics for better working conditions"

The statistical portrait of Agriculture in Europe is dramatic. Agriculture has one of the worst rates of fatal and non-fatal accidents at work, with only construction having a higher rate: for female workers in agriculture, the rate is higher than in any other industry sector. Machinery and toxic substances are among the main risks to health and safety. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Against this background, ETUI has organised - in cooperation with EFFAT - a Seminar in Bruxelles (4 & 5 March), intended to make progress on agriculture machinery design, improve productivity and workers wellness, and promote cooperative work among the stakeholders of the agriculture sector.

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The background of the Regulation on Agricultural Tractors

On 23 July 2010 the European Commission (EC) presented a proposal laying down harmonised rules on the manufacture of agricultural and forestry vehicles, aimed at simplifying the type-approval legislation by replacing 24 base Directives (and around 35 related amending Directives) in the field of agricultural and forestry vehicle technical requirements with one Regulation. The main objective is to ensuring the functioning of the internal market while at the same time providing for a high level of road and occupational safety and environmental protection.
The legislative procedure is described in this procedure file.

ETUI first technical recommendations were presented by Stefano Boy during the Public Hearing of 14 April 2011 organised by the IMCO Committee.

The Regulation (EU) No 167/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 February 2013 on the approval and market surveillance of agricultural and forestry vehicles.

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