Fall harvest is just around the corner, whether we’re ready or not. Here are some safety reminders for local farmers AND MOTORISTS!
Remind your family and neighbors… as you approach a vehicle, watch for slow-moving signs, flashing lights and wide equipment when passing.
As reported by the Farm Market News on Sept 3rd, 2018:
The bulk of harvest-season injuries happen on the road. During an interview with the Heron Lake Ambulance Service:
Most of these accidents involve cars hitting a semi or another piece of farm equipment moving slowly down the road. “People driving and approaching a loaded semi don’t realize the semi is moving much slower than the traffic flow.” says Larry Liepold, Crew Member. ‘Awareness by the public is key.”
Although newer technology has make farming much safer, there are still plenty of accident causing hazards. ~ Things like corn heads slipping off, clothing or limbs caught in power take offs (PTO), field fires, etc. Pre-harvest preparation and ongoing maintenance practices greatly reduce these types of incidences. However, fatigue is often a contributing factor.
Farm safety reminders and tips during harvest season
* Stay rested. Being overtired creates an impaired mental state comparable to intoxication. …
* Take breaks. It’s important to reset and refocus from time to time. …
* Stay hydrated, and don’t skip meals. …
* Work during daylight hours. …
* Carry a first-aid kit with a tourniquet. …
* Follow best management practices. …
* Create a plan.
September 16 – 22, 2018 is National Farm Safety & Health Week. The National Education Center For Agricultural Safety helps us celebrate each day with a FREE webinar:
Monday – Rural Roadway Safety
Free Agrisafe Network Webinar: New Immigrants in the Midwest and Agricultural Health Implications
Tuesday – Health/Suicide/Opioids
Free Agrisafe Network Webinar: Respiratory Health and Personal Protective Equipment for Ag Producers
Wednesday – Child/Youth Health and Safety
Free Agrisafe Network Webinar: Children and Tractors: Myths, Facts, or “Other”
Free Agrisafe Network Webinar: Train the Trainer: Hazard Mapping in the Ag Classroom
Thursday – Confined Spaces in Agriculture
Free Agrisafe Network Webinar: Confined Space – Grain Bin Entry
Friday – Tractor Safety
Free Agrisafe Network Webinar: Optimizing the Health of the Female Agricultural Producer
MVTV Wireless Internet wishes all of our members and community partners a safe and prosperous 2018 harvest season!
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