DIY Farm Safety

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Farm safety is an attitude of mind as well as a set of rules and regulations. Safety conscious farmers make improvements and these both reduce incidents and improve attitudes

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David Styles rides his Honda quad bike for a mile down a major A road to check his stock. Rather than relying on the legal, but inadequate rear lamp he has fitted a flashing beacon to warn traffic coming up from behind. It's not a long distnace but more than enough for a truck or car not to notice him.John Price dislikes getting underneath the 1-ton bags of fertiliser to open them with his pocket knife, and instead uses an adapted sickle on a long handle to slice the bottom.  It means he is never under the bag.David Eaves farms sloping land and does contract work for neighbours. He uses dual wheels on the steep ground but fitting them adds considerably to the time involved, as the tractor is too wide for the narrow lanes. Using them is much easier now as he carries them on a special buggy he made which goes behind the fertiliser spreader. It allows him to get the wheels on and off with minimal fuss and heavy lifting.Farm Safety is an attitude of mind. These three farmers, and many others featured in Practical Farm Ideas, have not only thought up solutions to potential dangers, but followed this by putting their ideas into practice.  Their modifications to machines and methods are then put to good use.No farmer has a monopoly of good ideas. Practical Farm Ideas (published quarterly since 1992, with 40+ ideas in each issue) gives farmers, contractors and other land workers the chance to learn unconventional and effective ideas from others.

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Summary: 
Farm safety is an attitude of mind as well as a set of rules and regulations. Safety conscious farmers make improvements and these both reduce incidents and improve attitudes