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.

April: Be Cautious While Working With Equipment

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

“Recently, a seventeen-year-old was operating a skid loader and went to change from the bucket to the forks to move bedding around. While the bucket was raised, he tried to reach out to lock in the attachment. He must have fell forward out of the machine while doing this task. While falling, his knees or legs must have hit the foot pedals and caused the bucket to come down on him after he fell out. This accident resulted in death.”