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Any equipment on the farm, large or small, may present hazards to workers or bystanders.
Some equipment is considered to be “farmstead equipment”, because it is stationary or immobile. However, farmstead equipment, is usually
locked in place, but still may have moving parts that pose hazards to workers.
Large and small farm equipment are dangerous and share some hazards in common. They
also pose different hazards based on their size.
The purpose of this section is to describe hazards more specific to what is considered
“small farm equipment” and offer some tips a farmer/operator might employ to prevent accidents while using
this type of equipment. Additionally, we provide tips to home owners to be prepared
in case of tornado or residential fire.
Lawn mowers are essential equipment found in many homes with a yard in the United
States. They enable homeowners and groundskeepers to comply with municipality codes
and maintain neat and good-looking lawns by cutting down grass. Many children and
teenagers also earn extra money by mowing lawns during the grass-growing season. However,
according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a lawn mower can
be extremely dangerous if not operated properly.
Do not carry or let children ride on t machine, on any attachment, or in a cart or
trailer, even when the blades are turned off. Death or serious injury can occur when
young children associate having fun with a lawn mowing machine simply because someone
has given them a ride on a machine. Children have been given rides in the past may
suddenly appear in the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over
by the machine.
Lawn Mower Safety
Weed eaters are useful and commonly used tools. As with all tools careful operation
and following appropriate safety tips helps to manage risks and minimize the chances
of personal injury.
Weed Eater Safety
Tornadoes are mobile, destructive vortexes of violently rotating winds which have
the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advance beneath a large storm system.
They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud
forms within the funnel, making them deadly. Good warning systems allow citizens to
be alerted before a tornado is visible, making safe survival more likely.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that an average of 358,300
home fires per year occurred in the U.S. during the period 2010 to 2014. These fires
caused an annual average of 2,560 deaths and 12,720 injuries to civilians. In other words,
an average of 7 people died and 34 people were injured every day due to home fires.
Home fires resulted in $6.7 billion per year in direct damage. More than 50 Arkansans
were among the deaths due to residential fires.
Residential Fire Safety
The chain saw (see the figure below) is one of the most efficient and productive portable
power tools used in the industry. It can also be one of the most dangerous tools.
Operating a chain saw is hazardous. According to the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, each year, approximately 36,000 people are treated in hospital emergency
departments for injuries from using chain saws.