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Rick Worthington Think about Farm Safety
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: May 15, 2018

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds if not thousands of people are injured or killed each year in farm-related accidents.

Advances in technology, training and safety equipment have made great strides toward reducing the number of on-farm injuries, but agriculture remains one of the most dangerous professions.

Cory Stengel with the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Committee says farmers typically do a good job planning projects to ensure everyone know what they are doing, so it can be done so safely.

However, that mindset can change this time of year.

"When things have to get done quickly, sometimes safety goes out the window."

Stengel says there are several simple steps to keep the workers on your operation safe. He says have a daily tailgate meeting, where the projects and safety concerns are discussed at the start of the day. He also says it’s important to trash any shortcuts before someone is hurt.

He also says many state Farm Bureaus have compiled safety issues and questions farmers come across online.

"this helps the farmer by cutting down the time of sifting through the rules and regulations. It's all at your fingertips."

And if you have questions about farm Safety, there is a ton of information online.

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