Equipment & Machines

Agriculture, which has high rates of fatalities and serious injuries, ranks among the most dangerous professions in Alberta.  Machinery greatly increases efficiency and productivity in farm workplaces, but at the same time introduces some deadly hazards. 70 per cent of agricultural fatalities are machine-related due to machine rollovers, run-overs and entanglements.  Providing farmers and ranchers tips and information on how to operate machinery safely and use protective equipment correctly can help reduce the number of accidents.

SAFETY TIPS

  • According to Transport Canada, two-thirds of all “deadly accidents” happen on rural roads, in the country, where speed limits are faster and the roads aren't as well-lit as they are inside the city. Drivers are more likely to find poor or unexpected conditions on rural roads, than in the city, and there's always the danger of coming across animals that can appear out of nowhere(Government of Canada,2020).

  • Ensure shields and guards are in place on all farm equipment.

  • Keep safe distance behind farm equipment so farmers can see you. If you can't see his mirrors, he can't see you.

  • Be especially cautious of farm equipment turning left onto driveways or fields. 

  • All shields and guards should be in place and in good condition. 

  • Make your farm a safer place by developing good practices for operating vehicles and machinery.

  • Do not operate farm machinery or vehicles when impaired. This includes alcohol, marijuana use and some medication which can cause drowsiness.  

  • Always circle check before you start. Check for visibility, lights, tires and brakes. Ensure the exhaust system is in good condition and leak free. Ensure the spaces around you are free from hazards such as pets, livestock and children. 

  • Only use machinery and vehicles for their intended purposes.

  • Do not carry more passengers on machines or vehicles than recommended.

  • Always keep your hands, feet and body in general clear of moving parts. 

  • Teach children safety fundamentals. This includes clearly identifying where farm machinery and vehicles are operated, and where they may not play. Children need to develop a healthy respect for the potential dangers of being near a moving machine or vehicle, and learn how to stay safe.

  • Have an emergency plan and review it often with anyone who is regularly at your farm. This plan should include contact information for local emergency responders, and contact information for friends or relatives who can be called if something goes wrong.

  • Be patient with motorists on the road and pass with caution when it is safe to do so.

Reference: https://tc.canada.ca/en/road-transportation/motor-vehicle-safety/rural-roads

SAFETY RESOURCES

Sources:

  • Tractors today are the safest they’ve ever been. But they are still the leading cause of farm fatalities across Canada. We can all help avoid tractor-related injuries and fatalities by taking responsibility for our own safety. 

  • Taking time to think about events that have occurred, and how you can prevent them from happening will contribute to the success of the farm. You can plan your future success by evaluating what has gone wrong in the past.

  • To help avoid traffic collisions between your farm equipment and motorists, you need to ensure your equipment is clearly visible and follow all regulated requirements for lighting and signage.

  • ATV-related injuries and fatalities are more likely if you don’t use the vehicle properly. Here are some tips to help keep you and you family safe when operating ATV's.

  • With seeding taking place in many fields throughout the province it is important to keep safety at the forefront of your operations. Weather conditions may increase the chances of equipment getting stuck and it is important to know the proper and improper ways to solve extracting equipment.

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