It’s no surprise that the agriculture industry is the most dangerous industry in the US – that’s why it’s important to take every precaution during spring planting. This time of year, farmers will feel most rushed to get their fields planted because of the time delay due to moisture, which forces many to work long hours.
Spring Planting Season Safety Tips
1. Transport safely
Make sure your equipment is compliant with the state’s specific agriculture road travel equipment safety requirements. These requirements include proper lighting and marking requirements to draw attention to the size, shape and speed of agricultural vehicles and to alert drivers that caution is required. There are specific requirements for different types of equipment.
2. Keep kids safe on the farm
Encourage youth involvement but make sure to match age and ability level with each chore. Also, develop a set of guidelines for your family, so each member knows what they can and can’t do on the farm. Always know where children are on the farm and ensure safe practices for kids.
3. Stay Healthy
Take breaks and allow yourself to re-energize. Without an adequate amount of sleep and proper nutrition, you will be operating at a reduced level in the fields. When fatigue sets in, that’s when injuries and mistakes are most likely to happen. Remind workers to stay hydrated and rested outside of the farm. Take extra precaution as weather heats up in the transition to summer.
4. Inspect your space
Look critically for hazards before you start planting, and before they become real hazards. Think about new safety precautions you can implement this year such as a lock out tag out program to prevent injuries. Inspect your equipment if it hasn’t been used since last year and make sure it is serviced before taking it out into the field.
5. Be a safety role model
Develop a safety plan for the farm. Teach proper safety skills to kids and teens and remember they will mimic what they see their parents and mentors do. Practice what you preach.
Together we can keep Wisconsin strong and safe
Farming traditions run deep in the state of Wisconsin and farm safety is a priority for farmers. Rural Mutual has been protecting farms across the state for over 80 years. We also believe in protecting the families and children in our farming communities.
Learn more about our safety initiatives by reading our farm safety articles, visiting the websites of our safety partners, or contact a local agent to make sure your farm is properly protected. Request more information to support your safety programs or schedule a training seminar today.