Farmers and ranchers in all parts of the country rely on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to complete a variety of jobs related to production agriculture.
Manufacturers continue to identify new applications and develop pull-behind attachments to increase the versatility and usefulness of ATVs.
Despite their usefulness, ATVs remain a source of problematic incidents on farms and ranches.
According to AG Safety and Health, in the United States in 2014, ATV accidents resulted in 93.700 emergency department treated injuries and 385 deaths (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
According to the US Agricultural Safety and Health Centers, riding an ATV on ranches and farms poses dynamic conditions, environments, and landscapes that are likely to change often.
Whether you are handling cattle, mending fences, spraying for weeds or just crossing a field, you must be prepared for the sudden and unexpected.
To reduce the risk of an ATV-related injury or death, take the following precautions:
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Participate in certified safety training.
- Maintain your ATV in proper working condition.
- Practice safe operating procedures.
- Follow safety recommendations from:
- the ATV’s manufacturer and
- organizations that address safety in production agriculture, such as Cooperative Extension programs at land-grant universities.
Smart riders are prepared to stay safe!