September 24, 2020
In agriculture there are dangers lurking everywhere; from that angry mama cow to tractor rollovers, grain bin entrapments to the risk of getting caught in and or under machinery. Here at Outback Wrap we talk a lot about how we make “Hooking Up Easy” to ease the frustrations of farmers and producers, but up until now we haven’t really talked about how Outback Wrap can be used as a safety feature on your hydraulic equipment.
The 2018 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 574 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944.
How does Outback Wrap keep farmers safe? When someone hooks up their hydraulic hoses wrong, one of three things can happen.
Outback Wrap hydraulic hose markers, will help you identify your hydraulic hoses so you always hook up the right way.
Anytime someone is working equipment that has moving parts there is a chance of something going wrong and someone could get hurt. Imagine thinking you’re moving your equipment one way and it goes the opposite way—that could cause some serious problems! For example, you and your father, son, cousin, friend, wife, daughter, hired man or whoever you work with is helping you work on the planter; they are under it and you go to raise it, but the hydraulics got hooked up backwards and instead of raising it you lower it and pin the other person under it. This is a situation you hope to never find yourself in, but people always joke that when they are hooking up their hydraulics they have a 50% chance of getting it right the first time. This means there also is a 50% chance that something can go wrong. Maybe something will just break, and it’ll cost you time and money to repair it but even worse…someone might get hurt.
Farming is a dangerous enough job as it is, hooking up your hydraulic hoses correctly can help not only reduce the frustrations of hooking up wrong, but it can also help prevent an injury from happening. Matter of fact, with Outback Wrap you will hook up your hydraulic hoses correctly 100% of the time.
National Farm Safety and Health Week theme for 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”. We here at Outback Wrap truly believe that every farmer and rancher deserves to be celebrated and given thanks. Without our farmers and ranchers our world wouldn’t be where it is today!
“These farmers and ranchers not only provide the essentials that we need, but they do wonderful things for their families and friends, their communities, and beyond. That is why “Every Farmer Counts” and now is the time to prioritize their safety and health.” (National Education Center for Agriculture Safety, 2020).
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