In writing my blogs for Tractorlife.com, I have been careful to avoid sounding “preachy” in any of my posts. It’s not what you want to read, and I certainly have never claimed to be an authority on any single subject.
But there is one area where I break this mold, and that is the subject of farm safety. Unfortunately, it is a subject that no matter how often it is discussed, it ALWAYS can be discussed again.
You know the safety instructions that flight attendants go through before every takeoff? Yes, the vast majority of travelers remain oblivious to the demonstrations, or the hand gestures to the nearest exits. Yet I’ve always noticed that right after a major airline accident makes the news, everyone reads the safety card.
Farming can be a lot like that. We’re so wrapped up in the day-to-day activities that we maybe don’t pay close enough attention to a potential safety hazard, until it is too late. A tractor accident gives everyone pause, and they’ll take some extra precautions for a while, but then it’s back to the daily grind.
I’ve written numerous articles on farm safety, yet I can still drive down the countryside and see an extra rider sitting above the wheel, or someone mowing a steep embankment without the protection of ROPS. I wonder if anything will sink in, but then I go back to the flight attendant: I will continue to push the safety message, every time. I can only hope that folks will pay attention.
So here’s my message: No matter how hurried you may be this planting season, please ensure you do it safely. That may mean an extra few minutes, but it sure beats the potential alternative.
Have a safe planting season.