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Bill Starkey, who is known to many of our subscribers and to engine collectors in general, is one individual who is concerned about safety at engine shows. Bill sent us some material he thought we should share with our readers. The first piece is an article on show safety with guidelines which is the work of the Port Phillip Historical Machinery Society of 71 Davey St., Parkdale, Vic. 3195, Australia. The article is reprinted with permission from The Olde Machinery Mart, an Australian publication. The article appeared in the form of a letter from Mr. A. Bebee, Secretary of the Society.

By resolution of the Committee of the Port Phillip Historical Machinery Society, I am enclosing a copy of this Society's 'Safety Guidelines' which you may choose to publish.

While public indemnity insurance is a pre-requisite to staging an exhibition, it still behooves the exhibitors to take due care that the public is reasonably protected from its own vulnerability to injury, caused in the main from a complete lack of understanding of the potential dangers inherent with working machinery.

These guidelines were devised after lengthy deliberation to provide the exhibitor with a code of conduct at rallies which will go a long way toward safe operations without imposing claustrophobic restrictions. Scrutiny will disclose that in the main they are based on plain common sense.

We have noticed that these guidelines have come to the attention of several other Victorian clubs who have adopted them or very similar ones for their own use. If these guidelines ultimately lead to some sort of unified code of exhibiting, then the whole antique machinery movement must benefit.

Reference is made to the D.L.I. This is the State Government's Department of Labour and Industry, which includes in its responsibilities, inspection and testing of all boiler and pressure vessels as well as conducting examinations of intending operators of such equipment. There will be similar Government Departments in other States but may be known locally by other names. An appropriate notation may be in order to avoid confusion amongst your readers.

Our Society is considering the probability of including another recommendation in these guidelines. This concerns the expanding interest shown in Victoria in the field of lawnmowers. It may be appropriate to insert this in your publication.

'Powered lawn mowers may only be exhibited running with blades removed, adjusted to maximum height and standing on a dust free surface e.g., a sheet of hardboard'.

We're looking for more contributions on the issue of safety, so if you have information you feel would help other collectors and other clubs, do send it along for inclusion in a future issue.

Port Phillip Historical Machinery Society Inc. SAFETY GUIDELINES

These guidelines have been established to help and assist you as members in the interest of safety.

The Club has arranged protection for members by means of Incorporation and Public Liability insurance cover.

However we must pay particular attention to safety.

Working with these guidelines will ensure the greater enjoyment of all concerned.


The compound should be fenced on all sides with STAR PICKETS carrying an approved type of mesh standing 3 feet in height.

All engines should, where possible, be spaced at least 6 feet from the fence with a space of 3 feet between engines.

A C/02 fire extinguisher is to be present. Engines should be placed in the compound with flywheels running parallel to the fence. However, some engines may be better observed by placing the engine in front view with the fence line. In this event, the engine should be placed so that the rotation of the flywheel is away from public at the fence.


Engines must be in a safe working condition.Special attention should be given to items such as


Engines may be checked by a committee member at any time. In the case of a dispute, the exhibitor has the right of appeal to another member of the committee.

STORAGE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION FUELSThe storage of fuel must be in an approved type of metal container with a screw cap or self locking flap type cap.

ENGINE REFUELINGAll engines should be stopped for refuelling operations. No smoking applies and a fire extinguisher should be close by.

UNATTENDED ENGINESMembers who wish to leave engines unattended must advise another member within the compound of their absence. They must also ensure that nominated attendant is familiar with shut down procedure of that engine. A member has the right to turn an engine off if, in his opinion, the engine is considered to be unsafe.


DRIVEN EXHIBITSAll engines and driven exhibits and driven exhibits should be securely fastened to the ground with both vee section and flat section belts in good condition.

CHAFFCUTTERS and ENGINE POWERED SAWS A. CHAFFCUTTERS must be operated with a protective cover over the knives.
B. DRAGSAWS and CHAINSAWS are only powered type of sawing implement to be demonstrated.

RADIAL ENGINESRadial engines must not be operated with propeller attached.

STEAM ENGINES AND PRESSURE VESSELSSteam engines and pressure vessels must have a current D.L.I. (State Machinery Inspection Dept.) Certificate of Approval before operating.

Steam plant may only be operated by persons holding an appropriate D.L.I. Certificate (See note on this above).

SELF PROPELLED VEHICLESThe speed of a self propelled vehicle must not be greater than walking pace.

DRIVING OF SELF PROPELLED VEHICLESAll operators must hold a current driver's or tractor license carrying appropriate endorsements where necessary.

TRACTION ENGINES AND ROLLERSPassengers allowed only at the discretion of the driver.

RIDING ON TRACTORSAdditional passengers are not to be carried unless tractor has additional seating as standard attachment.

No standing passengers allowed.

RIDING ON TRAILERS Totally prohibited.

POWER TAKE OFF SHAFTSIf a P.T.O. shaft is operating it must have a protective covering for the full length of the driving shaft.

TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYRestrictions must be totally observed.

LOADING AND UNLOADING EQUIPMENTMembers who are loading or unloading equipment with winches and ramps must ensure that these items are of adequate strength.


No open toe footwear to be worn and clothing must not be excessively loose.