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Safety stickers are on farm equipment for a reasonSafety stickers are on farm equipment for a reason

Take time to read what stickers say about farm safety, then think about the consequences.

Tom Bechman 1

June 4, 2015

2 Min Read

Check out an older piece of farm equipment and you may have trouble finding many safety stickers or warning information.

Related: Indiana Farmer Turns Accident into Way to Talk About Safety

Most manufacturers today go out of their way to provide large, hard-to-miss safety stickers, sometimes multiple stickers, on farm equipment. It may be as a result of lawsuits and because the liability insurance provider requires it, but it's there also to provide a message for you – understand the piece of equipment that you are using and how to use it safely.


Even bulk seed boxes, like the one pictured here, have warnings. This one is cautioning against stacking boxes and the dangers associated with handling them.

Deaths due to farm accidents have decreased dramatically during Bill Field's career as farm safety extension specialist at Purdue. It's a career that now spans nearly four decades. One reason for fewer deaths and injuries is that there are fewer people working on the farm. However, he believes another reason is safe equipment and more warning labels on that equipment.

Field recently announced that the Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council celebrated its 70th birthday this year. At a recent meeting, the membership decided to hold a celebration based around a field day promoting safety. It will likely be held in Farm Safety Week, which occurs in mid-September.

Previous field days have included everything from tractor rollover rescue demonstrations by rural fire department personnel to a live landing by a rescue helicopter that typically transports accident victims to a hospital which can handle the patient's particular injuries.

Other safety events have demonstrated the power of electricity when not managed properly, how to extinguish fires with the proper fire extinguisher and how to safely handle anhydrous ammonia. Various grain bin safety demonstrations have also been held.

The agenda for this year's field day and exact date have not yet been set. Look for more details later in the summer.

Plans have been made for another farm safety day honoring a young man who lost his life last year. See more details about that event, scheduled for June 23, here.

Continued reading: Saving Lives and Limbs: Why Farm Safety Is An Important Cause

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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