Keep your farm safe from farm hazards through early detection and the right safety procedures.
Published 25 Aug 2023
Farm hazards are activities, items, practices, and equipment that can cause harm to farm workers. These hazards should be identified before any farm work to be addressed immediately and ensure the safety of workers at all times.
According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of the most common farm hazards are the following:
It is important to address farm hazards as soon as they are spotted. The farming industry is one of the most hazardous industries in the world as it involves many strenuous activities, heavy equipment, and hours under harsh conditions. In the US, there are at least 23.4 deaths per 100,000 farm workers yearly as of 2018, with at least 2 million youth exposed to farm hazards yearly.
These statistics are reflected around the world with varying degrees, such as in Australia where, in 2021, agriculture was deemed as the highest-risk occupation in the country with eight times the fatality rate compared to other industries. An average of 79 farmers die yearly, with a majority of them getting life-threatening injuries from vehicle and machine use.
Different farms will have different hazards to consider and ways to address them. Some ways to keep your farm safe include:
A good way to manage farm safety, in general, would also be to use a digital auditing solution to keep track of farm hazards and risks, injuries, and other important data. By centralizing your risk assessments, injury and incident reports, and hazard identification forms, you can better create and manage farm safety plans, thus improving the safety and well-being of your workers.
One solution you can use is SafetyCulture (formerly iAuditor), a mobile-ready digital auditing and operations platform with a focus on streamlining processes and improving safety in any and all workplaces. Use a farm hazard identification or risk assessment form from the Public Library to get started and edit it as you see fit to best capture and document incidents and hazards encountered. All files are then stored securely in the cloud for easy access anytime and anywhere, allowing you and your workers to perform daily farm tasks efficiently.
SafetyCulture also allows you to do the following:
Roselin Manawis is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture. She has experience in news writing and content marketing across different fields of discipline. Her background in Communication Arts enables her to leverage multimedia and improve the quality of her work. She also contributed as a research assistant for an international study and as a co-author for two books in 2020. With her informative articles, she aims to ignite digital transformation in workplaces around the world.
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