Every year farmers face major financial management decisions. Not just in the thousands of dollars, but potentially in the millions. Nearly every financial decision has the ability to impact safety.
- Looking at putting up a new building? Think about grounded electrical outlets, non-slip surfaces, and locking capabilities if chemicals will be stored there.
- Considering purchasing a tractor? If buying new, evaluate safety features including an instructional seat. And if buying used make sure it’s fitted with ROPS and all necessary shields and guards or budget to purchase them later.
- Acquiring more land? Think though the hazards present and budget for necessary safety features like fencing around wells and grading rough terrain you plan to drive.
- Adding to your livestock herd? Consider potential upgrades or additions to facilities, the temperament of the animals, and the impact to your time.
Major financial decisions designed to increase production can add additional hours and stress. More land, more animals means more time in the field and more late nights nursing sick animals. While sort of “a given,” keep in mind there are only so many hours in the day. And the harder you push yourself the more likely you are to cut corners or get tired and that leads to accidents.