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Equipment Operation Risks and Safety Tips


As you return to the field for planting and spraying, here are some safety tips for reducing 8 operational risks on your farm. We hope you, along with your family and friends, have a safe and successful season.



Crush Hazards

  • Don’t stand near markers
  • Don’t approach moving equipment
  • Wear bright-colored clothing to increase visibility
  • Establish an “all clear” hand signal with the tractor and sprayer operator

Hand Injuries (Cuts/Scrapes)

  • Wear gloves when working around equipment

Shin & Leg Injuries (Cuts)

  • Always wear long pants
  • Pay attention around equipment for shin level hazards such as discs, coulter and residue sweeps

Hearing Protection

  • Wear hearing protection with at least a 24-noise reduction rating

Slips & Trips (Uneven Surfaces)

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Wear sturdy work boots with plenty of tread -- steel-toed recommended

Chemical Exposure

  • Follow all product label personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Note which seed treatment products require nitrile gloves, pants and a long-sleeve shirt

Lifting Injuries

  • Work within your natural limits
  • Don’t twist your body
  • Get a good grip
  • Let your leg muscles do the work
  • Bend at the knees when lifting and carrying with your back tight, holding objects as close to your body as possible

Fall Hazards

  • Don’t jump off equipment
  • Be extra careful working around equipment when footing is bad
  • Follow the 3-point technique for mounting and dismounting tractors by using two hands and one foot to add stability when entering and exiting

Contact your Golden Harvest Seed Advisor with questions or for additional agronomic insights.

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