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Farm Safety

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the highest fatal work injury rate among major occupational groups was for farming, fishing, and forestry occupations.”  Farming is notoriously one of the most dangerous occupations, yet many farm fatalities and injuries can be prevented.  What are you doing to make sure you and your family & farm workers are safe?

  • Review Farm Safety Rules
  • Know where the First Aid Kit is, and know how to use it
  • Keep your cell phone with you at all times

Farm Safety for Families

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the nation.  With injury rates highest among children age 15 and under, farmers and farm families need to be aware of the dangers for children.  Farm equipment is a source of curiosity for children and tends to draw them towards work areas.  It is the farmer’s responsibility to provide education and continued training regarding safe work practices.  Read the entire article.

casnTractor safety campaign challenges unsafe traditions

A child dies from injuries on a farm an average of once every 3.5 days. The most common situation involves a tractor.

“Keep Kids Away from Tractors,” is the unified message of the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN), a coalition of 38 health, safety and youth organizations. The coalition’s campaign urges adults to think twice before allowing children 12-under to operate tractors or ride on them.

Consider these incidents from the past year:

  •  A 1-year-old North Dakota boy died after falling from a tractor driven by his father. His 4-year-old brother survived.
  • A 6-year-old Minnesota boy died with his grandfather when the tractor they were riding rolled over.
  • A 5-year-old Kansas girl died when she fell through the windshield of a combine driven by her father.

The biggest tragedy of all? These deaths were 100 percent preventable.

Allowing young children to ride on a tractor is considered a tradition by many. But remember — “It’s easier to bury a tradition than a child.”

The National Safety Council and Maine AgrAbility encourages YOU to participate in National Safety Month!

National Safety Month

This year’s theme is “Safety Starts With Me“.  Engage everyone in safety and create a culture where people feel a personal responsibility not only for their own safety, but for that of their coworkers, family and friends. While leadership from the top is important, creating a culture where there is a sense of ownership of safety by all, makes everyone in the organization a safety leader.

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Did you know that falls are the 3rd leading cause of unintentional deaths?  With the warmer weather, many more people working outdoors using ladders.  Be sure to:

  • Always read safety labels and warnings on ladders.
  • Inspect ladders for damage before use – do NOT use if unsafe.
  • Don’t stand any higher than the third rung from the top of the ladder.
  • Only use ladders as intended- don’t use as a bridge or scaffolding.

Cooperative Extension Publications

Cooperative Extension publications help “extend” University of Maine resources to the public. To browse the full catalog choices, go to the publications page.

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