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.

September: Stop & Think When Working With Animals

Whether you are new or experienced with working on a dairy farm, it is important to remember to be cautious around every animal.

Maria Forry of Oregon Dairy explained that in May, one of their employees suffered injuries from being kicked in the head while reaching underneath a cow while in the parlor. As a result, the employee had to spend time in the hospital and went through rehabilitation to recover from the accident.

“It was a good reminder for everyone to stop and think before automatic instinct to reach under a cow,” Maria said. “Even when something gets dropped or kicked, get something to pull the item out from underneath versus reaching for it.”