Safety Corner

Work Safe Web50_0Welcome to the Safety Corner. Every day, more than 240 agricultural workers and farm employees suffer a serious lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment, with the fatality rate for agricultural workers seven times higher than all workers in private industry. The statistics are alarming. It’s important we all do our part to make safety a priority on the farm.

The Center for Dairy Excellence, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Penn State Extension Dairy Team are partnering to share a “Safety Share” each month to remind producers and others in agriculture of how closely we have all come to tragic accidents on the farm. Share these with those you work with and encourage them to stop and think before they do something that could risk injury or, even worse, their life.

March: Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Road

Sometimes distractions can be deadly.

This month’s safety share is anonymous, but has been provided by Dr. Charlie Gardner, transition consultant for the Center.

“One of the worse situations I ever encountered was when I arrived at a farm for the monthly herd check, and found everyone is a state of shock and/or tears.  The owner’s father had crossed the road to get the mail, and apparently failed to look before crossing back to his home.  He was struck by a car and killed.  Perhaps some piece of mail caught his attention and caused him to be distracted.  We all need to be careful to keep our eyes and our minds on the task at hand, even if it is as simple as crossing the road.”