Preventing falls on the farm
Falls are a very common cause of injuries on farms, especially for older farmers.
Falls from heights can happen when you’re working on ladders, roofs, silos, machinery and haystacks.
People can fall as a result of slips and trips due to uneven or wet ground and floor surfaces. It is much easier to prevent a fall than it is to recover from one, so it makes good business sense to take the necessary steps to avoid falls on your farm.
Here are some tips on how to help prevent falls:
- Try to prevents falls by installing hand rails on trucks, tractors, headers, ramps, and steps.
- Wear a safety harness if you can’t find other ways to prevent a fall.
- Install non-slip tape on ladders, and non-slip matting in the workshop.
- Install non-slip metal mesh on steps.
- Keep work areas dry or use slip resistant surfaces.
- Provide good lighting, especially around sheds.
- Clean up regularly and don’t leave clutter around.
- Keep paths and walkways clear and well maintained.
- Wear well fitted boots with non-slip soles.
- Take the time to write down any potential hazards.
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Information courtesy National Centre for Farmer Health.