With the warmer weather, farm operations are becoming more and more active. With additional people and additional equipment comes additional opportunities for injuries and accidents.
Cory Stengel with the Oregon Farm Bureau Health and Safety Committee said farmers typically do a good planning projects to ensure everyone know what they are doing, so it can be done so safely. However, that mindset can change this time of year.
“When things have to get done quickly, the thought of being safe sometimes goes out the window.”
Stengel said there are several simple steps to keep the workers on your operation safe. He said have a daily tailgate meeting, where the projects and safety concerns are discussed at the start of the day. He also said it’s important to trash any shortcuts before someone is hurt. He also says the OFB has compiled many of the topic issues and questions farmers come across.
“This helps the farmer by cutting down the time of searching through the different rules and regulations to find what they need. It’s all at your fingertips.”
For tips to keep your operation safe, visit the OFB’s Website. Stengel said it’s best to plan ahead, noting it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive.
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