It’s unfortunately the case that there continues to be an unacceptably high level of accidents, injuries and fatalities on farms.
In fact, right around the world, statistically agriculture is one of the top 3 (in some countries it is number 1) businesses for such.
True, it is a tough sport and not for the faint hearted but even so, a couple of basic items of safety equipment should always be accessible and ALWAYS USED where required around the typical farm.
Steel toe-capped boots (or other sort of heavy-duty protected footwear). It doesn’t matter if it is hot or you have some trendy trainers on – use the right safety shoes or boots. Even with today’s advanced medicine, it’s easy to damage your eyes or eye beyond repair. There is no need to risk it because contemporary goggles of face masks are very tough and they don’t’fog up’.
Armoured or heavy-duty gloves. Most farmers are hardy and we’ve all got used to a few scratches and minor cuts over the years but shredding your fingers isn’t in exactly the same league. The manufacturers of modern agricultural machines go to great lengths to make their machines as secure as they can but even so, an accident is always possible. Heavy protective gloves might help you keep rather than lose those fingers.
Another significant point – use heavy duty full-length trousers. It’s very tempting in hot weather to wear shorts but they provide your legs no protection in any way. A tumble a pair of jeans would largely absorb can leave bare legs missing strips of skin. Different sorts of dust hazards require different kinds of respiratory protectors. Bear in mind, that basic’DIY trimming’ mask in the general store may be virtually useless in intensely dusty environments such as are available in certain areas of cereal work. Take advice about just how complex a mask you require and once more, use it. It is useless if you decide that wearing it makes you look daft and therefore it’s best left in the taxi. This is supposed to be a no-brainer but just in case, bear in mind that your eyes can become damaged to over-exposure to bright sunshine for hour after hour. At the very least it might result in headaches, tension and migraines. Spend a bit extra on a fantastic pair with published UV protection levels also.
A hat with neck protector. Self-explanatory for when it’s hot and yes, you can get neck protectors incorporated into hard hats.
Sun cream. The dangers of over-exposure to sunlight in terms of burning and longer-terms risks of skin cancer have been known about for years. So, get a cream that provides good UV broad-spectrum protection and use it regularly.
Life is all about risk and you can not eliminate it all.
Even so, many people who have been injured in accidents on the farm (or by poor working practices) have regretted later that they did not take some of the preceding steps. Make certain you’re not one of them!