June is National Safety Month. While you may not think of farming as very dangerous, it is actually one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.
According to the Institutes’ MedlinePlus website, farms have many health and safety hazards, including:
Chemicals and pesticides
Machinery, tools and equipment that can be dangerous
Hazardous areas, such as grain bins, silos and wells
Livestock that can spread diseases or cause injuries
Of those hazards, machinery , reportedly, causes most of the farm accidents. But many of those can be prevented through proper machine inspection and maintenance. Using safety gloves, goggles and other protective equipment can also reduce accidents.
In recognition of National Safety Month, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers has created an infographic that outlines the precautions to take when operating any type of machinery, including agricultural equipment. Outlined are the recommended types of personal protective clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to wear, the definitions of safety signs, the most dangerous areas on a job site, and the phone number to call before you start a digging project. You can download it here.
Print it out and hang it your farm shop to remind everyone who works on the farm to stay safe. It might save a life. We offer the smaller version below.