(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) – September 19, 2016 – This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week and experts from American Family Insurance are working with farmers to identify dangers and risks in their operations. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone this morning to discuss this in more detail is Chris Buechle, American Family Insurance farm/ranch loss control specialist…
AmFam: 11 Tips for Farm Safety
STAY SAFE WHILE HARVESTING AND PLANTING
When it’s time to head out into the fields for planting or harvesting, it’s important to make safety a priority. Keep yourself and your family safe with these smart tips for your busy time of year.
Protect Your Senses: Wear hearing and eye protection around running machinery.
Breathe Smart: Use appropriate masks to filter dust and mold.
Dress for Success: If using chemicals, use chemical respirators. Wear appropriate gloves and protective clothing.
Know Your Chemicals: Learn safe handling for all types of agricultural chemicals.
Air It Out: Ventilate silo headspace at least 30 minutes before entering to remove concentrations of harmful — or lethal — gas.
Drive Smart: Always disengage the PTO before getting off a tractor.
Step with Care: Never step across a rotating power shaft.
Stay Fitted: Never wear loose fitting clothes around moving parts.
Stop the Roll: When unhitching wagons or carts from a tractor always use wheel blocks to prevent rollaway accidents.
Keep Out: Make sure bystanders stay clear of the harvesting process.
Stay Vigilant: Closely supervise children in work areas.
Keep these tips top of mind and you’ll keep stress to a minimum and productivity to a maximum!