2Bits: Farming–still a dangerous job
Accidents do not happen, they are caused.
The barn cat may have nine lives, however the farmer does not. Risk of serious injury and death has always been a part of farming. Every farmer has an accident story to tell. Don’t settle for this. Don’t become a statistic. Challenge yourself to develop work habits that reduce the risk of accidents happening to you.
Winter is ending. Farmers are gearing up to be outside working more extensively with their tools, machinery, and livestock. Now is the time to plan how you will work more safely on your farm. Make this a yearly practice.
Tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death on smaller farms.
The growing interest of small-scale production of local and organic crops draws new people into farming. These new farmers don’t have the experience to be mindful of potential farming dangers.
Also, they may purchase older, and often less safe machinery. Tractors, chainsaws, and other farm implements can be purchased without the buyer receiving any safety training on proper use.
New farmers and an increasing number of experienced farmers have off farm jobs. They do their farm work predawn or after sunset, in the dark. This creates machine operating, as well as livestock handling risks.
Grain bins are dangerous for farmers too.
Farmers climbing into a grain bin to remove clumped or rotting grain while bin machinery is running can die. Grain, like quicksand, buries and suffocates a farmer within seconds. February 18 – 24 was Grain Bin Safety Week. In 2016 there were 60 confirmed grain bin entrapments and incidents in confined spaces on U.S farms. That is a 27% increase from 2015.
Tips to reduce your chance of having a farming accident:
Work with a partner, a safety buddy!
Ask for help when using equipment or doing a task you’re not familiar with. Find a farming neighbor to show you how to safely operate the equipment or perform the task.
When working alone, tell a family member where you’re working on the farm and the time frame.
Carry your cell phone. Even if connectivity is low, you may still be able to dial 911 and get help.
When purchasing a tractor, or other farm implement you’ve never operated before, ASK FOR TRAINING! A reputable dealer will provide this training.
Do as many farm tasks as possible during daylight hours. If you can’t, use adequate lighting.
Never stick your hand or arm near a moving machine part or into a place you can’t see clearly.
Never turn your back on livestock. Plan your escape route prior to entering an area with livestock.
Know where the electricity can be turned off.
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