For­get she’ll be right mate, safety comes first

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FARM SAFETY -

FOL­LOW­ING are 10 stan­dard com­mon sense rules for farm safety:

1. Train and em­power your em­ploy­ees.

2. Play it safe with quad bikes, wear safety gear and fit rollover protection.

3. Make sure the PTO shaft is se­curely guarded at all times.

4. Al­ways make sure some­one knows where you are.

5. Don’t wear loose cloth­ing around equipment or ma­chin­ery.

6. Con­duct reg­u­lar equipment in­spec­tions.

7. Con­sis­tently ed­u­cate your fam­ily and co-work­ers about safety prac­tices, es­pe­cially chil­dren.

8. Be fa­mil­iar with haz­ardous chem­i­cals - take ex­tra pre­cau­tion when han­dling chem­i­cals such as an­hy­drous am­mo­nia, car­bon diox­ide, meth­ane gas and hy­dro­gen sul­phide.

9. Make sure that your pro­tec­tive equipment is ap­proved by na­tional and in­dus­try stan­dards.

10. Be sure to keep equipment at least 20 feet from any over­head power lines or wires that sup­port poles when driv­ing on roads, and watch out for pot­holes, ditches and steep hills.

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