The 2018 National Farm Safety & Health Week will take place September 16 – 22, 2018. With harvest just around the corner, it is more important than ever to take preventative measures to stay safe.
Agriculture and specifically farming continue to rank as one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. Over 400 farmers and farm workers die from work related injuries and many of those are related to tractor over turns. Effective farm safety management is key to having a safe and bountiful harvest. Follow these safety tips:
• Develop a “safety first” attitude. Follow safe work practices at all times.
• Be physically and mentally fit before operating equipment. Fatigue, stress and worry can distract you from safely operating equipment. Take frequent breaks.
• Pay attention to all safety information. Read the operator’s manual and heed warning decals. Inspect the equipment and correct any hazards prior to operating the equipment.
• Identify hazardous areas on equipment and make sure you stay away from moving parts. Beware of pinch points, shear points, wrap points, pull-in areas, thrown objects, crush points, stored energy hazards and freewheeling parts.
• Make sure everyone who operates the equipment has the appropriate training.
• Shut down the equipment, turn off the engine, remove key and wait for moving parts to stop before dismounting.
• Keep bystanders and others away from equipment operation area. Do not allow “extra riders”, especially children.
• Make sure PTO shields and safety locks are operational.
• Prominently display “Slow Moving Vehicle” signage and check that lights are functioning properly.
• Always have a fire extinguisher readily available and easily accessible.