Safety on the farm
A high proportion of farm fatalities and injuries can be attributed to tractors, according to the National Safety Council. A tractor safety program can help minimize such risks. The council recommends:
- Develop a safety-first attitude – follow safe work practices at all times and set a good example for others.
- Be physically and mentally fit when operating a tractor. Fatigue, stress, medication, alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to operate a tractor safely.
- Equip the tractor with a rollover protective structure, and always wear your safety belt.
- Inspect the tractor for any possible hazards or maintenance issues before operating.
- Make sure everyone who uses the tractor has received safety training in proper operation.
- Shut down the tractor, turn off the engine, remove the keys and wait for all moving parts to stop before dismounting.
- Keep bystanders and others away from the tractor operating area. Never allow extra riders, particularly children.