So what if the unthinkable happens on your farm? Someone rolls a tractor, or gets their arm wrapped up in a PTO, or gets caught in a grain bin.
What would you do?
How can you plan ahead to get help there as quickly as possible?
Every farm should have a “what if” plan. Outline expectations and a protocol for people to follow should something go wrong.
• Establish a check-in procedure for workers in remote areas.
• Have an up-to-date layout of your farm, including locations of any potential hazard to serve as a resource for first responders.
• Train your family and employees on CPR and first aid.
• Put address markers at field drives to help first responders find you.
• Include the address of each field and farm site in every driveable piece of machinery, along with emergency phone numbers.
In the event you have to call for help:
1. Stay calm and listen carefully to the questions and instructions given by the dispatcher.
2. Note any special access requirements, such as four-wheel drive for a muddy field or other extraordinary circumstances.
3. Do not move the victim until professional emergency responders arrive unless life-threatening conditions exist.
All family members, including children, can play a big role in knowing what to do in a rescue situation. By working together with your local emergency agencies, your neighbors, family members and farm employees, you can assure the best chance of survival and recovery from farm tragedies.