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It’s unfortunately the case that there is still an unacceptably high level of accidents, injuries and fatalities on farms.

In fact, right around the world, statistically agriculture is among the top 3 (in some countries it is number 1) industries for such.

True, it is a difficult game and not for the faint hearted but even so, a few basic items of safety equipment should always be accessible and ALWAYS USED where required round the normal farm.

Steel toe-capped boots (or other sort of heavy duty protected footwear). It doesn’t matter if it is hot or you have some fashionable trainers on – use the perfect safety boots or shoes.
A hard hat.
Eye or full-face protection. Even with today’s advanced medicine, it’s easy to damage your eyes or eye beyond repair. There is no need to risk it because contemporary goggles of face masks are very tough and they don’t’fog up’.
Armoured or heavy duty gloves. Most farmers are hardy and we have all got used to some scratches and minor cuts over the years but shredding your fingers is not in the same league. The makers of modern agricultural machinery go to great lengths to make their machines as safe as they can but even so, an accident is always possible. Heavy protective gloves might help you keep rather than lose those fingers.
Another important point – use heavy duty full-length trousers. It’s very tempting in hot weather to put on shorts but they provide your legs no protection at all. A tumble that a pair of jeans would mostly absorb can leave bare legs missing strips of skin. Various sorts of dust hazards require different kinds of respiratory protectors. Remember, that fundamental’DIY sanding’ mask in the general store may be virtually useless in intensely dusty environments such as are available in certain areas of cereal work. Take advice about just how complex a mask you require and once again, use it. It’s useless if you decide that wearing it makes you look daft and therefore it’s best left in the cab.
Sunglasses. This is supposed to be a no-brainer but just in case, bear in mind your eyes can become damaged to over-exposure to bright sunshine for hour after hour. At the very least it might lead to headaches, stress and migraines. Spend a bit extra on a good pair with published UV protection levels too. Self-explanatory for when it is hot and yes, you can get throat guards integrated into hard hats.
Sun lotion. The risks of over-exposure to the sun in terms of burning and longer-terms dangers of skin cancer have been known about for ages. So, get a lotion that offers great UV broad-spectrum protection and use it regularly.
Now obviously, you don’t want to over-react and stroll around the farm looking like a medieval knight in full armour – just in case you get hurt. Life is all about risk and you can’t eliminate it all.

Even so, many people who were injured in accidents on the farm (or by poor working practices) have regretted afterwards that they didn’t take some of the above measures. Be sure you’re not among them!

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