On-Farm Safety: Preventive Measures for Every Farm Owner
June 30, 2021

On-Farm Safety: Preventive Measures for Every Farm Owner

Farms can get quite busy, especially during planting and harvesting. Livestock farmers also have their share of heavy work during periods such as weaning off livestock offspring. It is during these demanding times that most farm accidents occur. When people are exhausted, they tend to let their guard down. All the same, farm accidents may happen at any time and to anyone.

Common Risk Hazards in Farms

The first step to minimize the risk of injury in farms involves identifying sources of potential danger. In most farms, injuries are most likely to occur as a result of:

Farm Vehicles: Farm vehicles like tractors, balers, and combine harvesters are no child's play. They should only be operated by skilled and authorized individuals.

Drowning: Water pans and fish ponds pose a drowning hazard to anyone who doesn't know how to swim, depending on how deep they may be.

Farm Machinery: Farms use a wide selection of machinery, including chaff cutters, power saws, combine harvesters, and feed mills that have moving parts that are dangerous when they come into contact with an individual.

Farm Animals: If you've dealt with farm animals before, you have probably experienced their unpredictability first-hand. Animals can gore, bite or trample people and need careful handling.

Chemical Exposure: Many farm chemicals like pesticides and herbicides are poisonous in high concentrations and should be locked away and stored safely to avoid accidents; exposure.

Falls: In some farms, workers may need to climb ladders, roofs, and even trees when the need arises. Falling may lead to fractures, sprains, or even concussions.

Fire: Fire may occur due to various reasons, including electrical faults. Flammable substances like straw can help a fire spread rapidly and put the lives of everyone on the farm at risk of suffocation and burbs.

Safety Tips to Make the Farm a Safer Place

Accidents happen without warning, and the best any farmer can do is to ensure everyone's well-being at the farm. So here are some practical guidelines to guarantee safety on the farm.

Secure the Farm from Trespassers

Many times, trespassers and children have found their way into farms and placed themselves in danger. Children are particularly at risk of drowning in water, which the farm may be using as a fish pond or water source for irrigation.

Fencing your farm also ensures that a farmer is protected from lawsuits if a trespasser is injured when they access the farm. In addition, it will keep other animals that may carry pathogens into your farm and transmit sickness to your flock.

Store Chemicals Safely

Chemicals are dangerous when they land in the wrong hands. Therefore, farm chemicals should only be handled by an individual wearing protective gear for the job. Remember that some of the fumes will get to your lungs, and some may get to the eyes and skin, causing skin irritation and coughs.

To ensure that no one mistakes a chemical for something else, it is advisable to ensure all chemicals are well labeled and stored well. Always put these items in a store where they remain under lock and key

Handle Livestock Well

Whether you're dealing with sheep, horses, or bulls, handling livestock well should come naturally. But, unfortunately, many animals are mistreated, and once they get agitated enough, there is no turning back. What makes animals even more dangerous is their weight; once you fall, you become a target of trampling.

Always watch your back when dealing with farm animals. Bulls and cows have been known to attack unsuspecting people. Ensure your workers have the proper training to handle the farm animals without endangering themselves. Aggressive animals should be restrained. Farmers should dehorn their cattle to eliminate the risk of goring, which can be fatal.

Dressing the Part

Encourage Everyone to wear their safety gear while at work. For instance, gumboots will protect your legs from injuries, and a helmet will protect the head during a fall or in the case of falling objects. In addition, gloves will protect your hands when you need to handle toxic chemicals.

Long ponytails or loose hair can be trapped in machinery and cause serious injuries. It is also advisable to avoid loose-fitting clothing, which can also get caught in the moving parts of farm machinery and harm the individual. Dressing appropriately can reduce injury risk.

Understanding Manuals

Whether you are learning to use new equipment or applying a certain chemical, it is always important to read and understand the manual. Unfortunately, many times, people expose themselves to untold dangers when using a tool or product blindly.

­­­­­­If the instructions are not clear, it is better to seek advice from a more experienced farmer or the manufacturer. Alternatively, you can find useful information online. If you are lucky, you might even come across a tutorial on YouTube.

Keep Your Farm in Good Condition

Haphazard farm layout can be a hindrance to farming safety. It is important to ensure that the pathways are clear and there is no debris lying on the farm. Doors and gates should be working and lockable to control movement into and out of the farm.

Faulty doors will release your flock to the farm, and bringing everything under control can be a nightmare. In addition, any paths and walkways should be free from water or mud, which can cause falls and injuries.

While modern farms have greatly improved and adapted to the times, many things can still go wrong. Therefore, it pays to give extra attention to your farm safety, and even though it might feel demanding, it will save you from a lot of trouble.

Managing your farm and ensuring safety doesn't have to be a stressful affair. Cotton Grave is your reliable farm management partner, and we will be glad to help you put these guidelines into practice. You can give us a call today and let's begin the journey towards a safe and productive farm.

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