The Most Important Safety Basics for Small Farmers

| 4/15/2020 10:24:00 AM

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Farm safety may seem trivial, especially if you've worked on a ranch for several years. You may feel you already know everything there is to know. However, everyone can benefit from learning about or refreshing their knowledge of farm safety. If you are already aware of the following precautions and laws, share them with a friend, employee or family member. Doing so could prevent accidents and injuries to those you hold most dear. 

Purchase a Tractor With ROPS

Tractors are one of the most common types of machinery on farms. They're also a major cause of death due to lack of rollover safety. Each year, five people die for every 100,000 tractors in operation. Therefore, it's incredibly important you purchase a tractor with rollover protective structures. Nearly all rollovers in tractors without this safety mechanism end in fatalities. 

If your current tractor doesn't have ROPS, contact your local farm equipment dealer. They may be able to point you to someone who can design, manufacture and install ROPS. 

Maintain Machinery 

Regardless of whether your tractor has ROPS or not, you should still perform regular maintenance on it to ensure it is functioning correctly. This will reduce the risk of a malfunction due to missing or broken parts. Inspect brakes, hitches, tires, safety chains and springs for wear and tear, and check hydraulics and airlines for cracks. 

You likely spent a pretty penny on that tractor or rotary tiller, and the last thing you want to do is purchase another one before you have to. Performing regular maintenance will prolong the life of your machinery and save you money in the long run. Even if there's nothing wrong with your equipment, replacing old parts before they break can protect both you and your wallet.  

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