Posted by: Kelley Dees | November 7, 2011

Falls on the Ranch and Farm: Machinery, shoes, and boots

Let’s get back to talking about causes of falls:

Many serious injuries are caused by falls from and into moving farm machinery. To prevent falls during farm machinery operation:

  • Keep children off of and away from machinery.
  • Riding on tractor fenders, drawbars on equipment, or the bed of a truck is an invitation for serious injury.
  • When getting off the bed of a truck, wagon, or piece of equipment, step down backward instead of jumping.
  • Wear proper footwear. Clean mud, snow, grease, or manure off shoes or boots before attempting to mount tractors.

Speaking of shoes:

The most important protection is to wear the proper type of footwear for your work tasks and your work environment. In most agricultural occupations, the shoes or boots should provide three major type of protection:

  1. The soles and heels should be slip resistant.
  2. The toe of the shoe or boot should resist crushing injuries. Steel-toed boots are recommended.
  3. The shoe should have a high enough upper to support the ankle.

Work shoes or boots should be purchased from a dealer who handles quality footwear. A dealer who knows about agricultural work will be able to provide correct footwear. Quality footwear for work is expensive but not nearly as expensive or painful as broken foot bones or other injuries from a slip, trip,  or fall!

Check out our post from Friday where we talked about other common causes of falls and come back on Thursday for our post on learning how to fall properly to avoid injury.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Wyoming AgrAbility 2009 Newspaper Insert: Preventing falls on the ranch or farm, by Dr. Randy Weigel.


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