When you work on a farm, there are many things that could go wrong. Balers are sharp and can catch you and entangle you in line, animals can attack or become aggressive and chemicals are often around you, exposing you to potential poisons. Machines may not work right, and that can lead to malfunctions or mistakes that lead to injuries or deaths.
When you’re working, it’s of the utmost importance to follow safety regulations at the facility. If you find that the owner or company isn’t keeping up on safety, you need to speak up. An injury in this industry can be life-altering or deadly.
For example, multiple traumatic injuries are possible if you are caught in machinery like balers or plows. The United States Department of Labor reports that workers should not wear clothing with loose ends. They should make sure not to have string, like ties for hoods, either. They should wear proper personal protective equipment and tie back long hair to prevent begin caught in machinery.
If working around grain bins, it’s important to make sure to use lifelines and to wear protective equipment. Grain bins and silos are known to cause injuries and death by suffocation after engulfing workers in shifting grain. Moving grain acts much like quicksand, and it takes only seconds for workers to be engulfed.
The exposure to chemicals is likely the most common issue that could come up on farms; the use of pesticides is common, and exposure can lead to poisoning. To prevent this, workers should be trained in handling pesticides and know the way to decontaminate those exposed.
Source: United States Department of Labor, “Hazards & Controls,” accessed July 21, 2016