While there are advantages of farming as a career, working in agriculture carries many risks. Some animals are not quite as friendly as they seem and some, such as bulls, can be incredibly aggressive. You also have to contend with long hours and potentially dangerous machinery.
Avoiding injuries caused by bulls
You may think that working on a farm is idyllic. You get to spend all your days in the outdoors surrounded by fields and animals. Yet, if you work with dangerous animals, such as bulls, it’s important to bear your health and safety in mind.
In many cases, you can go about your daily business without any worry about work-related injuries; however, its always wise to be aware of potential hazards. Bulls are notoriously aggressive animals and they can charge at speed. They require a careful, measured approach.
If you are moving a bull or you need to come into close contact with one of your bulls, make sure you use suitable equipment and keep a safe distance.
Look out for warning signs that the bull feels aggravated or restless. They may start flicking their tail or dropping their head, for example. Listen for grunting or snorting noises. If the bull starts to move its head downwards, stay well clear. If you do feel like you’re in danger, try to stay calm. Don’t turn your back, and move backwards slowly.
Staying safe on the farm
Farming is a hazardous profession. Examples of accidents may include animal-related injuries, falls from height and injuries caused by machinery and moving vehicles. If you’re a farmer, follow these safety guidelines to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries:
- Always wear the relevant protective clothing
- Ensure you have appropriate training before using power tools or powerful machinery or vehicles
- Keep a safe distance from dangerous animals
- Ensure all equipment is in good working order
- Follow health and safety guidelines when working at height
- Look before you cross roads and tracks
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Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice