Farm Safety Checklist

I went to the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health conference last week and one of the big topics for discussion was farm safety audits. The Iowa State Extension Office has one of the most expansive audit programs, (click here for some information on their audit program) and is trying to work with the local insurance companies to get farmers a discount for participating.  If you don’t live in a state that has an audit program, or if you want to take a look on your own and see how your farm would do, the checklists auditors use are available online.  Here are a few of them:

The Farm Safety Handbook Template at the bottom of this page is one of the tools used by the Iowa audit system

The Wisconsin Extension has extensive checklists for different hazard categories

This Canadian checklist is concise but thorough

A more detailed Canadian checklist

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Most common farm insurance claims

Here is an article by AgWeb that gives a slightly different perspective on farm injuries.  This article lists the most common types of farm insurance claims.  Many of the top causes of insurance claims, such as on-road collisions and slips trips and falls are also top causes of farm injuries.  Others, like chemical drift and strong winds, are less common causes of injury but very common causes of property damage.  Focusing on injury prevention can also help you prevent insurance claims!

Click here to see the original article from Ag Web.

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Video: Introduction to AgrAbility program

AgrAbility is a program run by Purdue University that provides solutions to help disabled farmers and older farmers to keep farming. They’ve come up with tools and training to help with accessibility and to help make tasks easier.  State-level programs are available in 26 states and are staffed by experts who can help individual farmers figure out which solutions work best for them.  Many of the solutions in their toolbox are DIY. They also have a resource page for veterans and beginning farmers. Click here to check out their website

Ag Safety Awareness Week Video: Respiratory Protection Fit

Here is part 2 of the respiratory protection video series. This one is about getting the right fit when you use respiratory protection. For cartridge masks in particular, it can be tricky to find one that fits your face correctly.  You may need to try several brands to find a style and size that makes a good seal!

Ag Safety Awareness Week Video: An Intro to Noise Hazards

To go with today’s agricultural safety awareness week theme, here is a video introducing noise hazards. Hearing loss is the most common occupational illness in agriculture, with 78% of farmers experiencing some amount of hearing loss (source). Even though I haven’t worked on the farm regularly since I started college, I have slight hearing loss from farm work.  A lot of us dismiss hearing loss as not being a big deal, but it can have a big effect on your day to day life. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can greatly reduce quality of life, and there isn’t much doctors can do about it if it is caused by noise exposure. The best way to prevent hearing loss and tinnitus is to reduce your exposure to noise, either by making noise sources quieter or by wearing hearing protection.

Preventing Riding Injuries

Today I’m sharing a couple of articles about the most common causes of riding injuries and riding injury prevention.  The first article by Equimed (Click here for full article) identifies 5 causes that contribute to riding injuries. These are:

  1. Lack of proper training of rider and/or horse,
  2. Rider’s lack of understanding of horse psyche and behavior,
  3. Lack of proper equipment and attire for horse and rider,
  4. Inattention on part of rider or others around horses,
  5. Lack of preparation for unusual situations.

The article then describes in detail how training for horse and rider, proper equipment, and keeping your attention on the task at hand can help reduce risk of injury.

The second article comes from (Click here for full article). It provides details on the most common types of riding injuries, injury rates, and prevention.  A lot of the injury prevention advice is the same as in the Equimed article, but it also has a section on planning emergency procedures.

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