Time means money when it comes to yields, production schedules, and operating costs on farms during the harvest season. However, time can also ensure a safe harvest. The extra time it takes to perform a specific task safely and properly can determine whether the task is completed at all. While large machinery and equipment is a necessity on farms to gather crops for a plentiful crop, it can also lead to farm related injuries and death. Many injuries can be prevented, using a few simple rules:
- Develop a ‘safety first’ attitude. Follow safe work practices all the time and set a good example for others.
- Be physically and mentally fit before operating equipment. Fatigue, stress and worry can distract you from safely operating the equipment. In addition, remember to take breaks.
- Inspect the equipment and correct any hazards before operating.
- Shut down equipment, turn off the engine, remove key and wait for all moving parts to stop before dismounting equipment.
- Keep bystanders and others away from equipment operation area. Be especially careful of small children.
Many individuals, family and friends will come together this harvest season. Remember to put safety first and enjoy the Fall season!s
Source: National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division