Canadian Agriculture Week raises awareness about the importance of farming safety.
Farming is a way of life for many Manitobans, but it is also one of the most dangerous occupations if you don’t have the proper training. When your home doubles as your workplace, safety must be a top priority.
Although industrial agricultural equipment has made farming more productive, the advent of large-scale machinery also causes great risk to users. Machines account for 70% of all farm fatalities, and over half of these fatalities stem from tractor rollovers and run-overs. Farm equipment injuries and fatalities are avoidable by following the operator’s manual and ensuring everyone one is trained and capable of using the equipment safely. Preventative measures should also be taken including conducting routine hazard checks on equipment, buildings and grounds.
Tractors are meant to be operated by one person, but this is often when accidents can happen. Over half of serious farming injuries occur when the person is working alone. Ensure everyone has first aid or CPR training and always bring a two-way radio or cell phone with you in case an accident happens. When seconds could mean the difference between life and death, it important to take all precautions.
For more information and tips on farm safety, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and Canada Safety Council.