Farmsafe WA Alliance encourages farmers to be prepared for seeding and to consider safety precautions before seeding begins.
Farm safety issues to consider during this time include:
It is also vital to conduct a general safety check of the farm including a check of hazards such as rollover protection, steps and handrails, seatbelts, guarding of exposed and moving parts including power take-offs. Also check brakes, tyres, lighting etc. on a daily basis..
A work systems check is also important, including issues such as ‘no passengers'; ‘bystanders must be clear', safe work procedure in case of boggy or similar treacherous terrain; appropriate risk controls such as wide wheel tracks or traveling in low gear; and functioning communications gear.
Road safety is also another significant issue that Farmsafe WA Alliance are encouraging farmers to be mindful of. It is particularly important to be aware of fatigue issues related to working long hours during seeding and then getting behind the wheel of a car.
If you are driving, you should get off the road if you:
Early danger signs of fatigue include:
After driving for long periods, you should stop for a break or coffee, swap drivers where possible or stop to have a short sleep. Remember to get plenty of rest the night before a long trip.