Farm Safety Fact Sheets
The following fact sheets are provided as a service of the Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety. Each is provided as a PDF for easy download and printing.
Agriculture Safety Tips for Families
- Don’t ask to ride along in tractors. Even though it’s fun, passengers on a tractor can interfere with safe operation of machinery.
- Always get permission to visit a parent or adult while they are working on machinery, and remain in a visible area to ensure the adult sees you. Blind spots create dangerous conditions when machinery is in use.
- Be cautious when handling or feeding animals, and only enter pens that have been approved by your parents. Livestock can be unpredictable.
- Only use a cell phone when not working, but keep it close in case of emergency. Cell phones can be a lifesaver or a deadly distraction.
- Be informed on child labor laws. Teens can only work in certain situations under legal guardians.
- Be a role model and demonstrate safe behavior on the farm. Siblings and younger children look up to and take pride in older children and teenagers.
- Keep the rollover protection structures (ROPS) in the upright position and always wear a seatbelt to prevent a tractor rollover injury or fatality. Tractor rollovers represented nearly half of all of Illinois fatalities last year, so the ROPS should only be folded down in low-clearance areas and when absolutely necessary.
- Always wear hearing protection – such as ear plugs or protective ear muffs – to protect from hearing loss. It only takes 2 hours for an open cab tractor to become dangerous to the human ear without proper hearing protection.
- Schedule enough time for sleep. Lack of sleep inhibits productivity and memory, and slows response time.
- Think about your actions. Unsafe actions don’t always result in harm, but the risk isn’t worth it.
- Recognize personal health and safety to avoid injury. Take caution when lifting heavy items or climbing in unsafe areas. If something looks dangerous or unpredictable, don’t do it.
- Keep a cell phone handy at all times in case of emergency. Cell phones allow for easy access when help is needed.
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