The harvest season is a busy time of year for farmers and with a tight deadline, it can be tempting to bypass some basic safety procedures. However, taking that extra step can be a real lifesaver. Due to the stress and fatigue involved with harvesting crops, the season is a peak time for agricultural-related injuries and death.
In order to help prevent this type of tragedy, safety should be a top priority for everyone on the farm. One of the first and most important steps is preparation. You should make sure that your machinery is in good working condition, which includes checking the lights, tires, brakes, etc. You should also be in good physical condition, which includes getting enough sleep and taking breaks during the day.
To help prevent injuries, keep these recommended safe work practices in mind as you head out to the field:
Practicing safety can produce a healthy harvest throughout the year.