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.

August Safety Share: Liquid Disguise

Watch Your Chemicals!

Have you ever noticed that some pipeline cleaners look a lot Orangeade?  Unfortunately, they look the same way to children.  A dairy farmer left a gallon of cleaner in reach of his four year old daughter, and she took a swig of it.  Her mouth was badly burned, but she did recover without permanent damage.  Keep all chemicals tightly closed, and out of reach of children.