It seems that while are farming is dangerous, the trend of people making lifestyle changes to start new or hobby farms has it's own dangers.
Long hours, sometimes after working another job mean operator inattention. This isn't unique to hobby farmers, though.
Two other issues are using older equipment that lacks safety devices such as ROPS and seat belts and the learning curve associated with equipment are causing a higher than normal level of accidents among hobby farmers.
More hobby farms leads to more injuries, deaths | Minnesota News | agrinews.com
Y'all stay safe. Keep shields in place, don't get off the machine with it running. Keep everything in good repair and above all don't push yourself or the equipment beyond it's capabilities. Just because Joe down the road did something, it doesn't mean it's safe or that you can get away with it.