Working on a farm can be a rewarding experience growing the food we eat, but it also comes with its fair share of hazards. Trips and falls are among the most common accidents on farms, and they can result in serious injuries. However, by creating awareness and implementing some simple safety measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents.
Be aware of your surroundings
Watch where you step and be aware of your surroundings. Farm terrain can be unpredictable, with uneven ground, wet patches, and hidden hazards. Always be mindful of your surroundings and where you are walking.
Look out for uneven surfaces, holes, and other potential tripping hazards. If you encounter wet surfaces, use caution and consider alternative routes whenever possible. Using slip-resistant mats in areas of water use, like parlors and wash bays, can reduce the risk of falls.
Additionally, repairing common walkways and high traffic floor areas when they start to show wear and become uneven can also help alleviate trips and falls.
Use supports for stability
Today, most equipment comes with handrails and grab bars which are essential, particularly when navigating stairs, ramps, or elevated platforms. Utilizing these supports can provide stability and help prevent falls. Always follow the recommended safety protocols and instructions provided by manufacturers when operating equipment.
Cluttered work areas pose a significant risk of accidents. Proper organization and cleanliness contribute to a safer working environment.
- Put tools back in their proper places
- Regularly remove debris and equipment from walkways and workspaces
- Pay particular attention to areas prone to accumulation, such as barn entrances, storage areas, and livestock handling facilities
Creating a safer working environment for you and everyone on the farm starts by implementing simple practices like using slip-resistant mats, being mindful of your surroundings, using grab bars, and removing obstructions.
Rural Mutual believes in keeping Wisconsin farms, families and children safe. Reach out to a local Rural Mutual agent to make sure you’re protected.