According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year, including injuries to young workers and other seasonal employees. Of course, while protecting your workers is your first concern, making your farming business as safe as possible is also important for your farm’s productivity and its ability to remain viable in an ever-more-competitive environment.
As a leading insurer of farms and other agricultural businesses in and around Oakdale, Basi helps lighten the load by providing a dedicated safety coordinator. Aaron Canez can help improve farm safety, reduce costly farming accidents that can have an impact on productivity and revenue, and ensure each farm remains OSHA compliant.
Aaron joined the Basi insurance team as a safety consultant after a career in the U.S. Army. In his current role as safety coordinator, Aaron offers support over the phone as well as on-site visits aimed at reviewing workplace facilities and making recommendations to improve safety and achieve OSHA compliance. In addition, Aaron can also provide job-specific safety training to employees in both English and Spanish, helping to ensure every employee understands the safest way to perform their duties to reduce the risk for accidents.
To help you keep your farming business as safe as possible, keep these tips in mind:
- Maintain your equipment. Many accidents on farms are due to equipment failures, and adhering to a regular maintenance schedule is a critical part of avoiding accidents. Don’t be tempted to perform complicated repairs yourself, and never make shoddy repairs just to save a few dollars.
- Install rollover bars on your tractors. Tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death among farm workers.
- Store your fuel away from the equipment shed.
- Be sure to use plenty of sunscreen and protective clothing like broad-brimmed hats and long sleeves to avoid sunburn.
- Don’t skimp on rest, even during the busy planting and harvest seasons. Accidents are much more likely to happen when you don’t have enough rest.
- Invest in training. Making sure each employee understands how to perform his or her duties is one of the most effective ways of avoiding accidents.
- Follow labels on pesticides, herbicides and other chemical agents, and don’t be tempted to skip safety precautions, like wearing appropriate eyewear and clothing.
Having an on-site safety evaluation is one of the benefits of working with a local insurance company that understands the needs of area farmers. Call our office today if you’d like to learn more about our farm-related services or to speak with Aaron directly.