When someone tells you that their loved one is serving in the armed forces, you immediately feel a sense of sympathy and pride, knowing just how much they sacrifice for your safety. When someone close to you spends every day battling raging flames as a firefighter, you can’t help but admire their bravery as they constantly put themselves in harm’s way. Even those in law enforcement face countless risks on a regular basis, from gunfire to traffic incidents, and we are grateful that they do this without a second thought. 



All of these positions face extreme dangers in order to make the lives of countless people they haven’t even met not only possible, but thriving. But one position that many might not immediately define as perilous is the life of the farmer. Farmers put food on our tables and are a crucial lifeline to our nation’s economy. While the equipment and tools they use certainly make their daily tasks easier, that doesn’t mean that using such equipment doesn’t come with risks. Risks that, with one false move, could mean all the difference between life and death.



Here are a few ways to ensure your safety while operating farm equipment.



Always Stop and Start a Tractor Correctly

The Workplace Health and Safety Electrical Safety Office cautions those working in the agricultural industry to always start and stop their tractors correctly without skipping any steps. This means starting a tractor only from the driving position (and not the ground), never dismounting a moving tractor, and ensuring the parking brake is on before dismounting.


Perform Regular Maintenance


Performing regular maintenance on a tractor and other farming equipment is one of the best ways to guarantee it will be used safely. This means a tractor must regularly be serviced, that seat belts must be in place while pulleys are operating and that the wheels must be regularly changed. 



Always Wear Protective Gear

It doesn’t matter how many times a farmer uses a certain piece of equipment, you can’t assume that you’re always going to know how a project will go. Chances can never be taken when a person’s safety and livelihood is involved. That’s why protective gear must be worn at all times. Farm Bureau Financial Services recommends always having seat belts, gloves, goggles, and face shields used every time a task must be completed. 

The work of a farmer is not often thought to be a dangerous life. But if the equipment they use is operated carelessly, these tools, which are supposed to make their work easier, could do them more harm than good. Rock Block prides itself on providing the very best in safe and reliable farming equipment. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your tractor needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients.  Rock Block has been serving the South Bristol area and is large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more about how we can serve your needs, please visit our website today or call us at 605-492-3641 today. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events, tips, and specials. 



Sources:

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/agriculture/workplace-hazards/machinery-and-equipment/tractors/tractor-safety-precautions

https://www.fbfs.com/learning-center/10-tips-to-help-you-avoid-injury-on-your-farm-or-ranch