All-Terrain Vehicle Hazards Doing Farm Work
Honda brought the first all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to the United States in 1970, and they quickly became popular. The first ATVs were designed and marketed as recreational "thrill" rides, but it did not take long to notice they could be used for other purposes. In the 1970s, America was going through an energy crisis where fuel was expensive and hard to find. The ATV offered the farmer a machine that costs exponentially less than a tractor and used only 8 percent of the fuel needed to fill a tractor. ATVs also became substitues for pickup trucks, horses, and even walking.
Today, agriculture workers all over the world rely on ATVs to help complete tasks whether on the farm and ranch, in the orchard and forest, or plant nursery and golf course. ATVs are commonly used to inspect crops and livestock; to fertilize and apply chemicals; to inspect and repair irrigation systems and fence lines; to supervise field crews; to heard livestock; to mark timber; and many other things.
ATVs have become a part of everyday life for many operations. However, despite their usefulness, serious injuries can result from improper use. This month's Safety Alert is a publication from OSHA covering safety measures employers and supervisors can take to protect vehicle operators from harmful incidents.
“All-Terrain Vehicle Hazards During Farm Work.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Accessed 18 May 2023
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