Heavy equipment such as diggers, bobcats or skid steers, combines, swathers, boom truck tractors or construction site machines certainly make the farm run smoothly and they are a necessary part of a modern operational farm.
However kids are not born with a healthy respect or fear of such machines, and therefore, must be taught to be careful around them.
Injuries can occur when rotating shafts, they can easily pull clothes and thigh machine, severing limbs or even killing adults let alon children.
It is important for you and your children to stand well out of reach of Blades and aother moving parts which can easily cut off limbs, and machines can also throw out parts of debis, such as concrete chunks, etc. that can hurt a child or an adult. Tractors and diggers lifted attachments can fall, roll or hit a child, crushing them instantly.
It is a good idea not to allow your child to wander off while you operating such machines around your farm.
Children left alon around such equipment can easily get the stored equipment and take off with it or they can get in the way of operating equipment, which puts them directly in harms way.
Before you start your equipment, take a moment to look around and make sure the children are not in the way or can come to any harm.
There are many places on the web where you can find out more information on the safety issue of using Heavy Earth Moving Equipment
Many of the Parents sometimes allow their children to ride in the cabs of tractors and other heavy farm equipment .
That is not advisable, it is unrealistic to expect them to never lose grip and fall.
Farm kids were operating equipment and tractors from grade school on up and it has become part of life, but this is no reason compliancy . The some farm kids farm and favourite memories children’s construction workers come from moments like this.
During the government and parenting magazines and websites tell you to never let your child do it, they are not the ones running irresponsibly around a farm yard.
If you are going to let your Kids drive and operate machinery, train them well, teach them under close supervision, make sure they use the proper precautions and safety equipment and keep your kids strapped in to the machine so that they can not fall out.
The risks of their actions can have dire consequences it is really not worth the risk
Before they commence operating such equipment make sure they are alert and make sure you can get over them easily if they get tired or something goes wrong.
These machines are not designed for carrying more than one person on them or in the cabin. You see it so many times that children are often taken for a joy ride on a new tractor of farm machinery. But they are not a car and are not designed to take passengers so you really need to be careful if you are going to partake in those sort of activities.