Safety Talks

Loading and hauling livestock

Always use both hands when closing gates; keep your body squarely behind the gate with one hand on the latch
• Never swing the gate with one hand
• Never slam the gate on cattle.
• Never stand behind a gate unless it is latched shut
• Never look through the slates of a gate
• When moving cattle into a pen, open the gate across the alley and set the latch so the gate cannot swing back and
strike you
• When letting cattle out of a pen, open the gate fully across the alley and set the latch
• Always give cattle plenty of room, crowding can result in an injury to you or them
• If you are in an alley with moving cattle, step into an empty pen, stand flat against the fence and allow cattle plenty
of space or step up on fence rails

When moving cattle:
• Never push with excessive force or speed
• Do not get close to their hind legs
• Take extra precautions around livestock with poor vision
• Identify and warn other employees of aggressive cattle behavior
• Never over-prod or strike an animal

I hereby acknowledge and agree that I have read and understand the safety rules herein as well as the Working Safely in the Yards document.



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