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Keeping Safe on the Farm

September 18, 2013
By: Jo Windmann, AgWeb.com Web Producer
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Working together for safety in agriculture

The third week of September is recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This week is dedicated to concentrated efforts by various farm organizations and groups to educate farmers, ranchers, families and anyone remotely related to farming about safe practices and staying healthy on the farm.

Therefore, in honor of National Farm Safety and Health Week here is a list of farm safety articles with tips to help you stay safe on the farm:

With harvest underway, it’s important to make sure your combine is safe. Combine fires are a common safety hazard this time of year and can cause devastating damage but with a few simple steps you can do your part to prevent them from ever happening.

Speaking of harvest, ‘tis the season for nitrogen application and every farmer knows the hazards that come with this undertaking; however, the Illinois Department of Agriculture offer up these recommendations to stay safe.

With chemicals in mind, pesticide residues have a nasty way of infiltrating your life and the lives of your family. Here are seven ways to avoid long-term contamination.

Flowing grain is also an opportunity for disaster. Here’s a quick refresher on grain bin safety from Fred Springborn, a Michigan State University Extension educator in Stanton, Mich.

If, by some misfortune, you do find yourself in the midst of a grain avalanche, don’t panic—handle the emergency with common sense and these tips.

Even though some irrigation systems are stationary this time of year, it’s never too early to talk about safety. Water and electricity are a dangerous mix but a few simple tips can keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Naturally, during planting and harvest farmers are on the roadways more frequently. Farmers and drivers alike should take precautions on rural roads to avoid potentially deadly situations.

While you’re taking extra precautions on the road, you might as well take extra precautions off-road, too. With an app-sized safety tool that helps prevent tractor rollovers and ultimately saves lives.

Technology isn’t just for the roadways. A second set of eyes can help keep animals, workers and visitors safe on the farm.

Here’s an interesting statistic: One out of five truck trailers is not properly hitched. Here are a few safety tips to make sure that you aren’t the weakest link in safety.

Planting may not be top-of-mind with the combines rolling but farm safety is a year-round affair. As popularity for bulk packaged seed increases, so do the farmer innovations to help ensure safe handling.

Farm safety isn’t just for the farmers and ranchers dredging through the corn fields and feed lots. Farm Safety for Just Kids is pushing prevention to keep kids safe while still enjoying life on the farm.

Livestock farmers are certainly not immune to accidents, either. Winter is quickly approaching and so is winter spread. Take extra precautionary measures when applying liquid manure to frozen or snow-covered ground to ensure safe handling.

Dairy farms offer a whole new level of danger, from animal handling to operating machinery. Here are six suggestions for dairy owners and managers to utilize in an effort to ensure safety on a dairy farm.

Finally, think an accident can’t happen to you? Well, think again! Accidents happen all too frequently and in many cases could have been avoided—a truth that Peter McKay, an Oklahoma wheat grower knows all too well. He survived two serious on-farm accidents within the span of two weeks. While he is lucky to be alive, he also hopes others will learn from his misfortune.

In recognition of National Farm Safety and Health Week please take the time to evaluate your farm, ranch or dairy operation to ensure that everyone is doing their part to stay safe and stay healthy. Through education and a proactive, year-round approach we can reduce on-farm accidents and hopefully save lives.

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