Farm Equipment Safety

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It’s hard to imagine life without the benefits and advantages provided by the powerful farm equipment we use today. Farm implements, however, are related to more than 700 deaths per year in the United States.

  • Contact the manufacturer if you do not have the instructions.
    • Know the proper use and limitations of equipment.
    • Use the right equipment for the job.
    • Match tractors with equipment of the same power and speed levels to prevent machine failure and serious injury.
  • Utilize safety features and heed manufacturers’ warnings.
    • Do not modify or remove safety features such as kill switches, roll bars, or control bars.
    • Utilize runners and chain guards on mowers.
    • Keep power transmission shafts covered.
    • Disengage or unplug all power takeoffs, blades, cutter bars, crimper rolls, or other moving parts before handling equipment.
    • Keep hands and feet clear of moving parts. Do not use hands to clear jammed equipment.
  • Inspect controls and parts for loose nuts and bolts before each use.
  • Avoid working alone. Use the “buddy” system.
    • Your “buddy” may be able to get help immediately in case of an accident.
    • Your partner should know and understand safe operation of the equipment.
  • NEVER allow children to operate equipment, ride double, or play nearby.
    • Children are not strong enough or knowledgeable enough to handle equipment properly and can be dragged into moving parts or hit with flying debris.
  • Avoid loose or baggy clothing.
    • Loose clothing can be dragged into machinery.
  • Be vigilant of area and terrain.
    • Stumps, rocks, and hidden debris can cause overturns.
    • Low tree limbs can knock an operator from equipment.
    • Inspect banks and slopes for stability.
    • On steep slopes, plan path of travel downhill.
  • Report skin conditions to a physician.
    • Farm soil contains many pathogens conducive to serious infection.
    • Use chemical-resistant work gloves to prevent burns.

KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.