New Farming Safety Issue
Anyone who doesn’t know about “no driving while texting or cell phoning laws” either lives in a bubble or simply doesn’t drive. The National Safety Council estimates that over twenty-five percent of all auto crashes in the U.S.are a result of drivers who are texting or using their cell phones. So it comes as no surprise that the dangers of texting while farming would come to the forefront. Most farmers drive a minimum of three to four different large farming vehicles or machinery a day from tractors, flail mowers, combines and balers, foragers, to grain trucks, just to mention a few, any of which offer operating hazards in their own right. Throw in the distraction of using a cell phone and the danger levels become extreme. And while heavy traffic and other drivers aren’t usually an issue while working a field the importance of farmers keeping their mind on the job can’t be stressed enough. Overall farm safety has improved greatly over the last several years, but texting while farming is fairly new on the scene. Farmers need to be pro-active when it comes to this newest farm safety issue by making the smart choice; texting and farming, don’t do it!