It’s unfortunately the case that there is still an unacceptably high degree of accidents, injuries and fatalities on farms.
In fact, right around the world, mathematically agriculture is one of the top 3 (in some countries it’s number 1) industries for such.
True, it is a tough game and not for the faint hearted but even so, a few essential items of safety equipment should always be accessible and ALWAYS USED where required around the typical farm.
Steel toe-capped boots (or other form of heavy-duty protected footwear). It doesn’t matter if it is hot or you have some trendy trainers on – use the perfect safety shoes or boots.
A hard hat.
Eye or full-face protection. Even with today’s advanced medicine, it’s easy to damage your eyes or eye beyond repair. There’s no need to even risk it because modern goggles of face masks are extremely tough and they do not’fog up’.
Armoured or heavy-duty gloves. Most farmers are hardy and we’ve all got used to some scratches and minor cuts over the years but shredding your fingers isn’t in exactly the same league. The makers of modern agricultural machines go to great lengths to make their machines as safe as they can but even so, an accident is always possible. Heavy protective gloves might help you keep as opposed to lose those fingers.
Another important point – use heavy duty full-length trousers. It’s very tempting in hot weather to put on shorts but they provide your legs no protection in any way. A tumble that a pair of jeans would mostly absorb can leave bare legs missing strips of skin.
Dust masks. Different sorts of dust hazards require different sorts of respiratory protectors. Remember, that basic’DIY trimming’ mask from the general store may be virtually useless in intensely dusty environments such as are available in certain regions of cereal work. Take advice about just how sophisticated a mask you require and once more, use it. It is useless if you decide that wearing it makes you look daft and for that reason it’s best left in the taxi. This is supposed to be a no-brainer but just in case, keep in mind your eyes can become damaged to over-exposure to bright sunlight for hour after hour. At the very least it may result in headaches, stress and migraines. Spend a bit extra on a good pair with published UV protection levels also. Self-explanatory for when it is hot and yes, you can get neck protectors integrated into hard hats.
Sun lotion. The risks of over-exposure to the sun in terms of burning and longer-terms dangers of skin cancer have been known about for ages. So, get a cream that provides good UV broad-spectrum protection and use it regularly.
Now obviously, you don’t need to over-react and stroll around the farm looking like a medieval knight in full armour – just in case you get hurt. Life is about risk and you can’t eliminate all of it.
Nevertheless, lots of people who have been injured in accidents on the farm (or by poor working practices) have regretted afterwards that they did not take some of the above steps. Be sure that you’re not among them!