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I understand that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. What can I do to ensure the safety of my family, my employees, and myself?

I understand that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. What can I do to ensure the safety of my family, my employees, and myself?

There are certainly many hazards in farming. However, you can avoid many by planning well and adopting safe practices.

Strategies:

  • Select relatively safe enterprises, infrastructure, and equipment. Manure lagoons, augers, and silos are particularly dangerous. Learn about the safety of your current and proposed practices and avoid dangerous options where possible.
  • Implement safe practices and safety training. Learn recommended safe practices for your type of operation and require that all farm workers and family members receive relevant safety trainings. For example, you can prevent many serious injuries by properly shielding all PTO shafts.

Resources:

  • The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, which serves Massachusetts as well, offers many resources about safety training and safe practices. http://www.nycamh.com/.
  • The farm supply company, Gemplers, offers several relevant publications. How to Save Lives and Money with your Safety Program gives information about on-farm safety programs. Use Gemplers' Tailgate Training Tip Sheets as aids when giving your employees safety training. http://www.gemplers.com/.
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