The farm as a work and home environment
It is perhaps you need to farms that many families grow up on them and as such get involved in the running of the farm from an early age. In other types of household children would do chores around the house and run errands for the family. In a farm these chores and errands are effectively translated into part of the work environment from an early age.
At the other end of the spectrum many people who own or run a farm will do it most of their lives, there is not a point at which they retire. This means that at both ends of the age spectrum there are people involved in the work of the farm and special care and consideration needs to be given to their protection.
Young people and children who work on a farm, are perhaps especially vulnerable simply because they are exposed to dangers and hazards that they do not perceive as being out of the ordinary, or which are out of their normal range of abilities to deal with at a specific age.
Many of the dangers they will be exposed to are simply day-to-day mechanics of the farm either concerning plant or machinery or toxins or poisons that are used on the farm. Extra care must be taken to ensure that any risk they are exposed to disproportionate to their age and ability to understand what the risk is.
At the other end of the spectrum are people of a much older generation or age who simply never retire. They may well have worked on a farm or their life, and it is important to recognise that their level of experience is a vital asset. Equally the older they get their physical and mental faculties are likely to become more impaired, quite often without them realising it.
Given that the farm is likely to be their livelihood they may well feel in denial of the own physical or mental reality at times. Both these factors need to be taken into account by whoever has active day-to-day responsibility for the running of the farm and looking after kubota tractors and equipment.
Especially difficult is that it is different to many other businesses in that it is not possible often to transfer people to different or lighter duties and difficulties arise. The nature of a farm but not lend itself to this.
Children or people who grow up in a farm to not have too enter the workforce and be subject to physical or mental examinations in the way that other businesses require. There is unlikely to be any type of ongoing assessment or evaluation of the capabilities of the people employed on the farm.
This means that special care has to be taken to ensure that employees are well cared for and assess raided by other means to make sure they are cared for in a proper manner. The farm operator will have a duty of care to look after everyone on the farm, be they employees or relatives or both.
The nature of people who work on a farm will vary hugely, ranging from those you see it as an agricultural profession, often people with degrees in horticulture or other types of qualifications from agricultural colleges, through to people who simply see farming as a type of lifestyle option.
In between will be many people who spend the majority of their lives on a farm at as family members, or as full-time or part-time labourers are earning a wage, by the short-term or long-term.
The diverse nature of these personal factors means that whoever is responsible for the farm must insure that the workforce is popular but after in whatever way is practicable given the nature of the farm and its environment.