How to Avoid Falls on the Farm (9 Safety Precautions)

The leading cause of injury on farms is from falling. Falls can happen in a number of different ways from working around animals, on a ladder or falling off machinery. Prevent farm worker falls by reviewing these fall prevention tips.

Seat Belts

While operating farm vehicles wear a seatbelt when available. In case of an accident, you don’t want to be thrown out of the cab.

Ladder Spotters

When using a ladder is required, make sure there’s someone around to help spot you as you work. It’ll keep the ladder more stable for your safety and the spotter can help you work more efficiently.

Railings

Falls often can occur when climbing in and out of machinery or in other work areas. Adding railings on tractors and other large equipment is a good way to prevent slips, trips and falls.

Non-Slip Shoes

It’s important to wear the right gear in any job, working on the farm is no different! Invest in a pair of non-slip shoes to prevent the likelihood of slips. Slipping is an easy and unexpected way to fall when you’re working.

No-Slip Strips

In addition to wearing non-slip shoes, it may also be a good idea to purchase no-slip strips and apply them on potentially slick stairs or walkways.

Observe Surroundings

Take note of anything you see that is a current or potential hazard, such as a loose railing, cluttered walkway or slick spot. Then, repair them quickly while keeping an eye on areas that could become a hazard.

Declutter

Make sure your work area is clear and easy to walk around with no obstacles in the way.

Wear a Safety Harness

Whether you’re climbing up a silo or working in a grain bin, you should always wear a harness and have someone with you. This way someone knows where you are and is able to assist you in your project. 

Review Safety Guidelines

Routinely review safety precautions with family or employees that will be helping on the farm. It’s a good refresher to go over some of the guidelines like wearing a seatbelt, using railings and waiting for assistance if you need help.

Practicing farm safety is an important part of protecting yourself and others from harm. You can’t control everything that happens, which is why we recommend connecting with your Farm Bureau agent to make sure your insurance covers your specific operation. Curious about our coverage options? Take a look at our Farm and Ranch insurance option to see how we can help.