Old and New, These Tools Put Farm Safety First
Written by Nate Birt and Sara Brown
It’s no secret that working with big equipment comes with risks. That’s why Extension specialists and safety experts are celebrating the birthday of a key safety tool for farm machinery and applauding the introduction of a farm safety channel on YouTube.
In 1962, engineers and students at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences developed the slow-moving-vehicle (SMV) sign. Farmers are quite familiar with the fluorescent orange triangle with reflective border.
"The SMV emblem was the very first national standard for farm machinery on public roads, and it has become a clear early warning symbol for the motoring public," says Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension. "It was created to save lives, and it’s exciting to know that after 50 years, it’s still one of the most recognizable signs for roadway safety."
The sign is required on self-propelled machines and towed equipment traveling on the road at 25 mph or slower and must be visible at least 500' away.
Moving from the roadway to the information highway, farm safety takes the stage online. In November, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health launched the "U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers" YouTube channel. By the end of the year, the channel will feature close to 60 videos.
The safety and health centers help "protect the safety and health of more than 5.5 million full- and part-time contract and seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry, and fishing, as well as family members," says Amanda Wickman, project leader at the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education in Texas. "Many centers have created videos, and we’re trying to enhance dissemination to people who can benefit from them."
What a Day!
Santa, Bring Me a New Truck
We know what is on this farmer’s Christmas list—a new pickup. After hauling hay bales all day, I guess this is one way to call it quits.
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