Farm Safety and the Need for Insurance

Farm Safety and the Need for Insurance

The issue of insurance, and the role of insurance companies, is a very important one in the context of safety for farms and agricultural businesses. Farms present a special difficulty for insurance companies because they are typically a mix of home and business. Most insurance companies will trace specifically between home and business use regarding character and vehicles. With a farm that is not necessarily possible.

Most farms, depending upon their size, are run by a family and by paid employees. They may own the farm or be tenant farmers, but the rule remains the same. As a family, they are likely to live and work in the buildings of the farm and on land, without much of a distinction between home and business.

As employees, staff need to be sure that the insurance in force makes the distinction between home and business, and that they have sufficient protection, by way of proper insurance.

There are two main areas where this need for specific insurance applies, and where employees should be sure that their employer has sufficient policy cover.

Liability Insurance

Any employer needs to have different types of liability insurance, covering premises, liability to the public, employee liability, and possibly product liability in addition. If a farm is selling produce to members of the public from their own land, then they will need some kind of public liability in addition as product liability insurance. If they are selling produce to suppliers, it is more of a grey area, but they would be well advised to seek specialized advice.

It is crucially important however that an employer has employee liability insurance in place, in the event of an injury to the employee. Farms can be notoriously dangerous places, because of the mix of home and business and later without of boundaries. In addition, there are many different pieces of machinery, ranging from tractors, to excavators to chainsaws, with people of differing levels of ability using them.

means Insurance

Many farm vehicles, both tractors and trucks, in addition as quad bikes and atvs will be used both on the farm itself and on public highways. It is really important, from an insurance point of view, in addition as from a safety point of view, that the employer understands the legal and safety implications of this fact.

All vehicles must be registered and licensed in accordance with local state and federal law, and must comply with all types of lighting and marking regulations. In addition, there are likely to be a specific restrictions on width, length, weight and height of the means, in addition as limitations on the number and kind of implements that may be towed by a means. There may be specific requirements for safety chains depending upon the time of year and the kind of land the machinery operates near or on.

In addition, there may well be state or federal law regarding the age of anyone driving a means on a public highway. This may differ from any law regarding the use of vehicles on the farm itself, it should be rigorously adhered to.

It should be remembered, that any insurance policy will have an implied warranty that the vehicles and the employer respect and to pay attention to all local state and federal laws regarding vehicles and employee relationships.

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