Prevent Equipment Accidents During the Winter

| 12/22/2016 9:36:00 AM

Tags: Farming, Safety,

Megan WildAll across the country, folks are embracing the "farm to table" concept when dining out, which has restaurants sourcing local farms. It’s a boost for those farms and helps the consumer feel good about supporting their community's economy.

But the phrase "farm to table" implies a certain amount of freshness that patrons appreciate, and it doesn't hurt to know where your food comes from. What those satisfied diners might not know is the risk associated with getting that food onto the table. Farming remains one of the "most dangerous occupations" in the country, and as the operator of a farm, you need to take extra precautions every time you step out of the house.

Here are some tips to keep in mind that can help prevent farm equipment accidents:

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Don't Rush

Farmers often play a version of "beat the clock" when it comes to protecting crops and livestock from a quick-moving weather system. Even getting the animals back into the barn in a small rainstorm can lead to farmers rushing to get the job done.

If you feel like you're rushing, then stop and slow down. This applies to working with equipment, too. Suppose you're in a hurry to bring a crop in, and your thrasher gets jammed. The "fast fix" is to reach your hand in to pull out the debris. Instead, stop and take the time to use a stick or other tool to clear that machine. It just takes a few seconds, and it could literally save your hand. Maybe you should consider carrying a big stick!