Every year, thousands of farmers and ranchers are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents across the nation. That’s what Nebraska Farm Bureau is reminding you to take precautions to make your farm and ranch as safe as possible.
- Do not rush to complete tasks or take short cuts. Risk of injury increases with haste.
- Use lighting and safety markers on tractors and equipment. Be aware of passing vehicles on the road and always use signals when turning.
- Keep long hair and loose clothing away from any moving parts of the equipment, such as a drive line or power take off shaft. And always disengage the PTO, turn off the tractor before performing maintenance.
- Be alert when handling animals. Maintain a dominant role with an animal, but work with them in a calm and gentle manner.
- If you must enter a gain bin, have three people involved, and enter with a rope and safety harness. In the case of an accident, it will take two people to lift you out using the equipment.
While these are only a few tips to keep in mind this season, incorporating better safety and health practices on your farm or ranch will help you prevent accidents and keep you and your loved ones safe.