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D26—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, June 9,1984
Brockett’s Aa Advice
HjJtp ijM By John E. Brocket!
Farm Management Agent
Lewistown Extension Office
Are you a responsible person?
Don’t be in a hurry to answer that
or to stop reading this column. The
accident >rate on Pennsylvania
farms is horrendous. It is costly in
time lost, in human parts lost, in
machine repair bills, in livestock
injured or lost, and in human lives.
Danger is part of farm life. All of
the ingredients are present for the
breeding and birth of accidents.
Hurry is a big culprit. Neglect is
second on the list. Inexperience is
always a possible problem. Too
much experience can be just as
bad. It all comes down to how
responsible each and every one of
Time is always short between
March 1 and July 1. The days are
far too short and the weather
sledom cooperates. The only time
of the year that rivals this for
“hurry up” is corn harvest season.
Don’t take chances - keep PTO
shafts covered by guards. Don’t
take risks - keep all children away
from forage wagons, idling
tractors, etc.. Keep children off
machinery - if you want to give
them the thrill of a ride on a tractor
do it when the tractor is not doing
work. Put the tractor in park if you
get off of it for any reason - make
sure it’s in park because some
tractors only go part way in.
Oh, I forgot to shut the gate
(door, bars) now the heifers are
out. Dam they got into the fer
tilizer and ripped open some bags.
(result loss of fertilizer and maybe
dead heifers). Or, I forgot to put a
safety pin into the clevis bolt (it
hops out when you hit a bump and
the forage harvester takes off).
Farmers never like to admit
inexperience with any equipment.
Result is high lifts too high with
too big a load causes tractor to
tip over. Or a belt or chain catches
something like a metal rod or a
sleeve (jacket) and breaks
something. Take a few minutes to
either have someone take you thru
the paces or to read the manual or
both. Then take it slow until you
get some experience.
That’s not quite true - you can
never have too much experience. I
guess the point I want to make is
neglect or becoming lackadasical
because nothing has happened in
the past. Examples are turning
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bothered you before or hopping
over a moving PTO shaft or
working on electrical equipment
without turning the power off or
coasting down hill. Just because
you got away with it once doesn’t
remove the danger. Also
remember that when you got away
with it before you may have been
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During that tune I’d like to con
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farmers. No matter who you are or
how big or small your operation,
you are the most important group
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