As farmers across Minnesota head into the fields to harvest their crops, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is wishing everyone a safe and prosperous season. National Farm Safety and Health Week runs from September 15-21, 2013.
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) has posted several Farm Safety Fact Sheets on their website. In addition, MDA is offering tips and advice to ensure all Minnesotans stay safe this autumn whether they are harvesting fields or encountering farm equipment on roadways.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, crashes involving farm vehicles and equipment are rare. However, when they do happen they can result in serious injuries and death. Of the more than 175,000 people involved in crashes in Minnesota in 2011, 149 were involved in a crash with a tractor or other farm equipment. Those accidents resulted in 19 injuries and two deaths.
Minnesota roads see increased farm equipment traffic during harvest, so be prepared and keep the following tips in mind.
Farming is physically demanding and long hours can take its toll on our bodies. That physical stress contributes to accidents and even death. It is important for farmers to follow some basic health guidelines when beginning fall field work.
Harvest can be a very stressful time of year for producers, not only physically but mentally. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has several resources available to farmers and their families who may be experiencing mental and financial burdens.
Minnesota’s farms are great places to raise children and they can also serve as an outdoor classroom for those kids not familiar with agriculture. But the farm can also be a dangerous place for a child if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. Here are some guidelines to protect children on the farm.
Large and powerful equipment can be found all over a farm. This equipment is also a source of many injuries. By developing a "safety first" attitude and following some basic equipment safety guidelines, you can stay out of harm’s way and set a good example for others.
Minnesota farmers will be working with large amounts of grain during the harvest season. Automated equipment has made grain handling easy and fast. But, grain storage structures and handling equipment create hazardous work areas. Farmers should make sure they take the proper steps to put safety first to prevent injuries, illnesses and even death.
The following are some animal-handling practices that can be used to keep farm workers, family members and visitors safe.
National Safety Council
The National Education Center For Agricultural Safety
University of Minnesota
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
Minnesota OSHA Compliance -- Preparing for fall harvest; grain-bin safety
Minnesota Department of Public Safety – Crash Facts 2011
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org