Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Safety Counts.... Your Community Depends On It

National Farm Safety and Health Week

In keeping with the National Awareness theme I wanted to share that this week (Sept 18-23) is National Farm Safety and Health week. With harvest time right around the corner I think we all (farmers & non farmers) could use a little refresher about being mindful of safety procedures. Farming and ranching is one of the hardest careers, not only does this lifestyle require time, passion and commitment, it has also been ranked as a high-risk occupation. According to International Society for Agriculture Safety and Health approximately 88,000 workers suffer from injuries. However, most of those could have been prevented. Whether you're a farmer or someone who meets tractors and farm equipment on the road here's a few tips to take into consideration this fall.

  • Always use headlights, flashing warning lights and turn signals when driving on the road.
  • Make sure your slow moving vehicle signs and reflectors aren't faded, replace if needed.
  •  Avoid hard application of the brakes
  • Only tow machinery behind a properly sized tractor
  • When meeting a tractor be sure to pull over to the side to accommodate their width
  • Be sure to leave plenty of room between you and the tractor, their extra load takes longer for them to slow down
  • Be mindful of the hazard lights and turn signals. Most times farmers are just driving from one field to the next or back to their farm/house
  • Slow down and be considerate of the farmer's work. You'll get to where you need to be safety. 
Harvest is a very busy and profitable time for farmers. They're working hard to provide you with safe, wholesome and nutritious food for your family. Let's work together this harvest to provide a safe atmosphere for our community!

Thought I'd leave you with a little Food for Thought


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