Because we are so familiar with how to operate a tractor and we know the task so well, we sometimes let our mind wander and our attention is not on the task at hand which can lead to injury or death. We can also think it’s acceptable to skip important safety steps because we’ve never had an accident before. One non-farm example of familiarity and mind wandering would be driving your car. Have you ever arrived somewhere and felt like you couldn’t remember part of the trip as well as you should be able to?
To reduce complacency, actively look for hazardous risk, work to minimize these risks and work toward habits that include safety as a primary goal.
In future articles, we’ll cover some of the important concepts shared at this year’s Michigan Safety conference and discuss how farmers and their employees can increase personal safety both on and off the farm.