Manning Regional Healthcare Center

Farm Safety & Health Tips for Planting Season

More than half of workplace fatalities around the globe occur in agriculture, making farming one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. As planting season approaches, Manning Regional Healthcare Center wants to make sure area residents are physically and mentally prepared. This not only goes for farmers, but all residents of rural areas who are driving and may unexpectedly come upon slow-moving vehicles.

“We like to check our farm equipment out yearly - it is equally important to make sure that our bodies are at the top of our game when performing these important jobs,” said MRHC Education Coordinator, Julie Hodne. “Whether it is crops or animals that we farm, it’s important to take care of our health so that we can perform at our best. This is why it is important not to delay your yearly physical and opportunity to stay in touch with your primary care physician.”

In addition to putting your health first, MRHC encourages those who will be working on the farm this spring to keep these safety tips in mind for a safe and successful planting season.

“Taking a few minutes to be prepared before the planting season begins could be the best prevention for yourself and others’ health and safety,” said Hodne.

Farm Safety Tips: Rural RoadwaysRural Roadways Safety

  • Be aware of other vehicles and take special precautions.
  • Watch for large, slow-moving vehicles when they turn corners, come over hills and meet tractors on the road.
  • Conduct a pre-ride inspection on tractor & any implements being towed.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel.
  • Ensure all lights and signals work properly.
  • Adjust mirrors.
  • Have a slow-moving vehicle sign (SMV) emblem on display.
  • Be aware of a build-up of traffic behind you.

Tractor Safety

  • Never allow children to sit on drawbar, fender, lap or loader bucket or play on or in a tractor
  • Riders should not distract the driver or bump the controls.
  • Learn about the Power Take-Off (PTO) safety.
  • Don't wear jewelry or loose clothing and always tie back long hair.
  • Never stand behind a tractor.
  • Learn how to shut off a tractor.
  • Never approach a tractor operator without them knowing you are in the area.
  • Discuss how to get the attention of a tractor operator with your family.

Farm Safety Tips: ChemicalsSafety Around Chemicals

  • Check labels to see what PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required.
  • Lock all chemicals away from young children.
  • Heed warnings listed on the chemical labels.
  • Store all chemicals in the original containers.
  • Use safe laundry practices. Wash PPE separately with hot water and rinse washing machine afterwards.
  • If chemicals get into the eyes, rinse eyes for 30 minutes with cool water.
  • Carry water with you or know where a source of water is in case of a chemical spill.

ATV Safety

  • Wear an ATV specific helmet, long sleeved shirt, pants, gloves and boots.
  • One person riding at a time.
  • Drive only on off-road surfaces.
  • Check the Iowa Code on [All-terrain vehicles –highway use] about when they can be operated on the highway.

Farm Safety Tips: Responding to an Emergency

First Aid Kit Essentials

  • Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Blanket
  • Various sizes of gauze pads, wound cleaning agents, adhesive and non-adhesive bandages and elastic wraps
  • Instant cold pack
  • Bottled water
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Resuscitation equipment such as a pocket mask or barrier device if CPR is needed.
  • Important phone numbers: 911 for police, fire or ems and the poison control center.
  • CPR & First Aid quick reference guide

Responding to an Emergency

In an emergency situation, remember the three C’s of first aid:

Check: Never rush into an emergency situation, always check for dangers first.

Call: Calling for emergency help early is one of the most important things you can do.

Care: After the first two steps, you can now start to care for the injured person until EMS arrives.

“These simple steps you can take to prepare ahead of time can save you time and prevent potential injuries. Just remember to take your time and don’t take short cuts or rush this planting season,” said Hodne.

If you have any concerns about your health, call MRHC at (712) 655-2072 and schedule an appointment with one of our trusted experts.

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