Over the years, the farming industry has made safety a priority, using current safety initiatives and precautions to reduce the overall occurrence of farming accidents. Despite all the preparation and improvements, tractor accidents continue to threaten the safety of our farmers.
Tractor accidents often occur because workers are often unaware or misinformed of the dangers of the equipment they’re using. It’s the employer’s job to run a thorough safety training and ensure that all farm employees uphold the highest safety standards. When a staff understands security issues, they’ll be less likely to find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Here are the four most common tractor accidents and how to prevent them.
Hit by the Tractor
Some farm workers will start a tractor before they even get in the seat, standing outside of the tractor with the intention of climbing in once the motor starts. Workers should never start a tractor before they’re sitting at the controls. They should also never stand in front of a tractor that has its motor running. It’s best to monitor all employees until you can be sure that everyone adheres to standard practices.
A tractor is prone to rolling when it’s on a hill or a slope. Rollovers can cause injury or death when a worker isn’t wearing a safety belt. Every tractor on a worksite should have safety belts that work. Test them regularly to make sure. In addition to farm workers wearing safety belts at all times, employees running the tractor must be cautious when driving into an unsteady territory.
Getting Caught in the Tractor
Moving tractor parts can snare clothing and human limbs. Clothing, hands, and feet should never get close to moving tractor parts. Shoelaces should remain tied at all times. Long hair should be secured under a hat or cap to prevent it from getting caught in machinery. If a worker is exiting the tractor, they must turn it off first.
A tractor can easily collide with other objects. Tree limbs are one of the most common causes of these collisions. Farm workers should watch for and avoid obstructions that can hit the tractor.
No matter how safe you are, an accident can happen. The best thing you can do is take precautions and teach farm workers about safety. Provide training for farm workers, give them access to equipment manuals, and post signs reminding them to follow safety precautions.
If you have been involved in a tractor accident in Kansas, it’s wise to consult with a lawyer. The Law Office of Joseph T. Welsh can help you file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for the damage and injuries you endured. Joe has experience filing personal injury claims and is eager to help you today. Contact the office at (620) 510-5030 for a free case evaluation today.