The blog posting below was published on our sister blog, Grains of Knowledge. I thought it would be prudent to share this topic on our own Risk Factors blog as many of our customers include agribusiness accounts and other similar businesses that may use tractors in their day to day operations. Thanks to Stacey for the great post! Enjoy! ~ Lisa Mundt
As we increase outdoor farming activities in the warmer months, it's important to keep safety top of mind and be aware of common hazards present on farms. To avoid accidents, make sure you and others you work with are educated in proper safety precautions.
Here at Westfield, we like to do our part in providing helpful tips to our followers. Below is a list of essential farm safety advice and information that we've summarized from a variety of online resources. We also included links to these great sites for your refernce. Feel free to share this information with others who can benefit from these tips.
Fam Safety Tips
- Always wear seat belts while operating or riding tractors, trucks and other farm equipment
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby
- When leaving a tractor unattended, put it into "park", set the brake and remove the key
- Install a ROPS (rollover protective structure) on older tractors to prevent rollovers (see our previous post — Do You Have ROPS in Place to Protect You)
- Do not bypass start on your tractors
- Keep guards and shields in place
- Do not put young kids on farm equipment
- Ensure all headlights, flashing warning lights and turn signals are in good working order
- Have a Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem on your equipment
- Make sure all farm employees (including family members old enough to operate equipment) have proper training (this includes seasonal help)
- Wear proper safety equipment (goggles, ear plugs, gloves, hard hat, etc.)
- Ag equipment visibility fact sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/aex-fact/pdf/AEX_598_08.pdf.
- Fun and good tips for kids: http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/corporate/our_company/fans_visitors/kids/kids.page
- Ohio State University Extension's Ohio Ag Manager Newsletter: http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu/.
Share your farm safety tips in the comments below. We'd love to hear what precautions you've implemented to ensure a safe experience on your farm.
Stacey Bruce is a member of the Marketing Communications team at Westfield Insurance.