Some may idealize the beauty of working the land to harvest food and grain without acknowledging the inherent risk for farm accidents. Compared to the simple tools used thousands of years ago, today's farmers must contend with modern machinery and chemicals. Farming accidents are a real factor to consider when becoming a farmer or looking for farming work. Read on for a discussion of farm accident statistics and farm safety tips.
The OSHA fact sheet offers insight into the lead causes of farming accidents and how to prevent them: Common accident factors include: Roll-over protective structures for tractors, emergency preparedness, age of workers, and protective equipment for farming machinery.
The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths by tractors is the use of a Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS). In 2012, just 59 percent of tractors used on farms in the U.S. were equipped with ROPS. It is believed that survival rate of overturn when in a properly protected tractor improves from a frightening 38 percent up to 99 percent. These numbers show that it is irresponsible not to provide these safety elements on all tractor models.
Farmers should embrace emergency preparedness as a way to prevent or best handle accidents. It is important to consider that farms are often in rural areas with a long drive to a hospital. In order to prepare for possible accidents, farmers should take inventory of all hazardous material and equipment on the premises and supply the proper measures to deal with injury. For example, a physical injury will require first aid; a chemical burn can require poison prevention, etc.
People under the age of 15 and over the age of 65 are most likely to be injured in general and that applies on the farm as well. Farm owners should accommodate those people most at risk and make sure they have the proper safety equipment, training and, if applicable, supervision to avoid an accident.
Protective equipment on farm machines is critical for safety. Farming equipment is usually large and capable of chopping, shredding, gathering, and more. Seat belts and other protective measures are rarely required by law so shortcuts are often taken despite the lives and injuries that could be saved if they were used.
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