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.

January 2019: Watch Out for the Wind!

Dairy farmers often use dump trucks and dump trailers to haul silage.  Keep in mind that when the bed is high in the air, the effects of wind and gravity change.   This photo of a flipped trailer serves as a reminder of what can happen.  Fortunately no one was hurt this time, but there have been tragedies in the past when dump boxes come crashing down where they were not expected.  When you raise the bed, be sure you are on level ground and that winds are minimal.

Submitted by Dr. Charlie Gardner