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    Safety Tips

    Safety on the farm

    May 1, 2010

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    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.

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