Stay on the Safe Side: Never circumvent safety mechanisms
Sunday 16th July, 2023
STAY ON THE SAFE SIDE: NEVER CIRCUMVENT SAFETY MECHANISMS
Safety innovation has come a long way. Every year, new ‘bells and whistles’ help to override the one risk that is common across all injuries and fatalities; human error.
Unfortunately, we know that for the sake of saving a few seconds, some farmers choose to circumvent safety systems. How many times have you clipped the seat belt behind your back to shut off that ‘pesky’ seatbelt reminder because you were just ‘heading down the paddock’? Have you ever thrown the tractor into neutral instead of park to jump out and get a gate? Or what about those times you tried to start the tractor from the ground, instead of being in the seat?
Runovers are now the number one cause of tractor fatalities and often occur when a safety system was circumvented. Rollovers use to be the number one cause but the invention of rollover protection and the mandatory legislation that followed reduced rollover deaths by over 70%.
Safety systems save lives. Don’t make the ultimate mistake by trying to get around them.