Menu

Now hear this: Cellphones and farm safety

Cellphone use and distracted driving is a major issue, and driving a tractor down the road requires much the same precautions as driving a car, if not more.

Farmer on his cellphone with his tractor behind him.

Smartphones are becoming an indispensable part of farming operations. From special apps that control the GPS in your irrigation system to time trackers and weather alerts, farmers are increasingly leveraging the power of technology.

Plus, for farmers who work long hours, smartphones are a valuable link between home and work. From texting a coworker about whether the grain hauler is ready to checking in with the kids after school, cellphones offer an efficient way to stay connected.

But with that convenience comes some added danger. Cellphone use and distracted driving is a major issue, and driving a tractor down the road requires much the same precautions as driving a car, if not more. The need for extra clearance from mailboxes, signs, power lines, and passing vehicles calls for special attention and alertness.

Farming comes with a host of other job site dangers too, and someone looking down at a phone or absorbed in a conversation may not be fully aware of what’s going on around them. Cellphones can be a deadly distraction on a farm, even for workers walking around on foot. They may accidentally walk in front of heavy equipment or into another hazard.

A few farm safety cellphone tips:

Heavy equipment. Forbid the use of cellphones while operating ATVs, tractors, or other equipment. Place calls when you’re not moving.

Safety zones. Designate cellphone safe zones around the barn where employees (and family members) can use their phones. Alternately, post “no cellphone” zones in hazard areas and traffic paths.

Phone breaks. Consider offering sanctioned cellphone breaks (akin to smoke breaks) so farmworkers can safely check in with family every few hours.

Of course, cellphones are a great safety tool for farmers working in isolation or remote locations. If working alone in a potentially hazardous situation, call a family member or coworker first and plan a time to check back in.

Find an agent

Our independent agency partners will help you compare coverages and share industry insights as you shop for the right insurance policy for your needs.

Related articles

Farm fire safety: 7 ways to mitigate fire risk

Rural response takes time. Learn how to protect your farm with fire safety best practices. Reduce the risk of equipment damage, animal loss, and more.

Prevent roof collapses due to accumulated snow

Flat and low-slope roofs are far more susceptible to damage because snow can’t easily slide off. This makes commercial properties especially prone to collapse.

Farm emergency and disaster planning

Disaster preparedness begins with awareness, but requires vigilance and planning. Plan for emergencies to be better prepared for those unexpected moments.

Coverages may not be available in all states. Coverages described are subject to all the terms and conditions of the policy, including deductibles, exclusions, and limits of liability. Not all agents are authorized to write all types of insurance. Policies may be underwritten by SECURA Insurance Company or SECURA Supreme Insurance Company, affiliated companies referred to collectively as SECURA Insurance Companies. Please read the policy carefully. Any claim example is for educational and informational purposes only. The information in this document will not be used to determine the coverage of an actual claim presented. All claims are adjusted based on the relevant facts, conditions and coverages at the time of loss. For specific terms and conditions, please refer to your coverage form. Coverage is also subject to applicable deductibles and limits of coverage.

The information provided by SECURA on its Website (the Site) is for general informational purposes only. All information on the Site is provided in good faith, however SECURA makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability, or completeness of any information on the Site. The information contained on the Website is to the best of our knowledge true and accurate at the time of publication, however it is generally to be used solely for informational purposes. The materials on this website are not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up to date. You should not act or rely only on information on this website.

The Site may contain (or you may be sent through the Site links to other websites or content belonging to or originating from third parties or links to websites and features in banners or other advertising. Such external links are not investigated, monitored, or checked for accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness by SECURA. SECURA DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OFFERED BY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES LINKED THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY WEBISTE OR FEATURE LINKED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING. SECURA WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL SECURA HAVE ANY LIAIBLITY TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF THE SITE OR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE. YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION ON THE SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SECURA would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate.

SECURA and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss of damage as a result of your reliance on the information contained within this website.