Monday, 23 March 2015 17:38
Spring is fast approaching and farmers will be out in the fields before we know it. There are a lot of dangers in farming, so hear a few tips to stay safe this farming season!
Farm Buildings and Grounds
- Perform a safety check of buildings and grounds for obvious fire hazards and hazardous materials.
- Store farm chemicals securely where kids and animals can't access them. Then make a list of the chemicals for firefighters in the event of a fire on your property.
- Keep weeds and grasses trimmed so tractor and ATV drivers won't run into hidden obstacles and holes that can cause the vehicle to overturn.
- MAINTAIN CLEAN AND NEAT WORK AREAS with tools stored out of the way.
- Establish a safety boundary around gas and diesel FUEL TANKSand other flammable substances.
Personal Farm Safety
- Staying alert during spring farm work is very important. Fatigue, drowsiness and illness can lead to mishaps in the field. Drink lots of water, and remember to eat properly throughout the day. Take breaks for your mind and your body. Recognize when you have had enough, and turn the operation over to someone else.
- Don't wear loose clothing around equipment or work areas.
- Use SAFETY EQUIPMENTthe way it was intended. That means appropriate gloves, hearing protection and safety eyewear, not to mention face masks and respirators when working in dusty conditions.
- Always have a helper nearby when entering grain bins, breeding pens or other high-risk areas.
- DISCUSS SAFETY CONCERNS WITH CHILDREN as you explain safe handling and operating procedures. Practice what you preach, and they will practice it, too.
Tractors and Implements
- Use heavy nylon straps instead of metal chains when having to pull out of muddy wet areas
- Keep tractor ROLL-OVER PROTECTION STRUCTURESin place. If you have a tractor without one, get it installed today … and while you’re at it, buckle your seat belt.
- Prohibit riders on tractor fenders, HITCHES, attachments or implements.
- Shield all PTO-powered equipment drive shafts, and keep kids at a distance from them.
- Never start or run gas or diesel engines in an enclosed area without being assured of good ventilation.
- Outfit tractors and farm trucks with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
- Never exit a tractor or truck without placing it in park or engaging the emergency brakes.
- Never leave running power equipment unattended.
- Check and maintain equipment, especially hydraulic hoses and electrical cables showing cracks or other signs of wear.
- Keep animals in good health. An animal in pain and discomfort can react aggressively.
- Treat farm animals with respect. If understand their behavior, you'll be ready for their actions.
- Take extra care with farm animals at breeding and BIRTHING, and you won't have to outrun a sow.