5 Tips to Avoid Accidents during Spring Planting
In the push to get their crops planted, it's a challenge for farmers to slow down and exercise caution. Here are five simple steps you can take this season to help prevent accidents:
- Always check your indicator lights before getting on the
road. Be aware of inexperienced
drivers, who may not understand tractors and equipment. Watch for motorists trying to
pass as you’re about to turn left.
- Make sure Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) signs are visible.
Ensure that all your equipment is safety compliant with your state’s specific
agriculture road travel equipment safety requirements.
- Avoid traveling down roads at sunset and sunrise. When the sun is
in a driver’s eyes, they may be blinded and crash into you.
- If you have kids on the farm, know where they are.
We’ve heard too many tragic stories about small children who unknowingly follow
Dad to the tractor. Enough said.
- Wear personal
protective equipment (PPE) equipment around hazardous materials. Remember that today's advanced seed treatments
contain insecticide. Include seed treatment awareness in your safety briefing for yourself and
employees. Even dust from moving seed can
aerosolize and can be inhaled; please wear an approved safety
breathing apparatus. Safety equipment required for handling the substance
is generally listed on the MSDS sheets.
It’s a good idea to have the sheets available for employees, too. If someone does face exposure, emergency crews will need the MSDS sheets to help treat the patient. When handling any substance, remember to protect your eyes, skin, lungs and mouth.
- Develop a safety plan for your farm – and follow it.
Bad things can happen during peak seasons because: we sleep less, cut
corners, drive faster and generally work faster. Keep your cell
phone charged, and keep it within reach at all times.
Remember to also be aware – and obey – signals your body is sending! Be safe this spring and always!