Slow Moving Vehicle

4/5/2016 10:04:23 AM by Christie Collins

Slow Moving Vehicle

Hopefully by now, everyone is experiencing more spring-like weather than winter. Of course, there are still a few cold days lingering around, but thankfully they are close to being gone for the season. You have cleaned off your equipment, did some spring maintenance and now you are ready to get back into the field. One last thing, if you have not thought about it.....let's cover safety.

Let's face it, there are a lot of things to remember when preparing for the spring season and when you are eager to get out and get started on the planting season, sometimes we overlook the simpler things. Here are a few tips to ease you back into spring without missing time due to accidents.

 Read herbicide, pesticide, fungicide and seed labels. Contact with skin or inhalation can turn into an uncomfortable or dangerous situation. You may want to wear a dust mask and safety glasses to prevent any injury. I have seen the burns that have been caused to skin when these come into contact mistakenly.

 Stress and fatigue can be one of the biggest causes of accidents. If you plan on being really busy the first few weeks of planting season, consider hiring some temporary help. Trying to do everything yourself to save time and money can backfire, especially if you end up being injured.

 Share the road when approaching passenger vehicles and other farm equipment. Make sure you have a Slow Moving Vehicle emblem visible or use flashing lights if your tractor is equipped with them. We all know there are a few people that won't pay attention while they are driving, so help yourself out by being the considerate and alert driver.

 Make sure all the safety guards and shields are all in place. It is a good idea to not wear loose fitting clothes that may get caught. Watch out for those strings on sweatshirt hoodies. They may seem small, but if you are leaning over equipment, sometimes you don't realize how long they are and can easily become tangled and pulled in.

Safety practices can sometimes be easy to overlook but when preparing for your spring season, it should just be a standard task included on your to-do list.