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Farm equipment presents many dangers

In Kentucky, farming is a common and vital industry. If you work on a large farm, you may feel quite comfortable on a tractor. Maybe your parents or grandparents were farmers, and you are following in their footsteps. As natural as it feels to do your job, you may still be aware of the inherent dangers in farm work.

In fact, farming is among one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Some studies show that 100 people each day suffer injuries in agricultural accidents. Children seem to be especially vulnerable since 4,000 youths suffer injuries annually while working on farms. Certainly, safety is important to you, especially where your children are concerned. Because of this, you may be interested in some important safety tips.

Avoiding injury on your tractor

The two most dangerous and unpredictable elements on a farm are the equipment and the animals. For this reason, you may want to have regular inspections of the borders that restrain the livestock and ensure proper training for anyone working on or around tractors and other large equipment. Farm safety advisors recommend certain precautions for preventing tractor injuries, which can be catastrophic. Some of those precautions include the following:

  • Uncertified workers should avoid operating the equipment.
  • Marking or removing obstacles in the fields may prevent tractor accidents or damage.
  • Tractors with overhead protection help you avoid injury when getting in and out of the machine.
  • You should be healthy and alert while using the equipment. This means never operating a tractor after taking certain medications or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Leaving your running tractor unattended is extremely dangerous.
  • Allowing children or others to ride on the tractor with you is one of the most common causes of serious injuries.

Before you climb onto your tractor, safety advocates recommend inspecting the machine for any problems, including checking the seat belts for damage or wear. Your machine likely has warning labels, and it will benefit you to be aware of those warnings.

While you may not be able to control the weather or the livestock, you do have a certain amount of control over the caution with which you do your job. Nevertheless, you may still suffer an injury on the job, and that could mean a devastating loss of wages for your family while you recover. Fortunately, workers' compensation is available for workers on large-scale agricultural operations. Consulting with an experienced attorney can provide you with the assistance you need to understand those benefits.

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