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Thinking of safety on the farm

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jenna Smith
Safety is a concern that everyone shares.

When it comes to farming, there are several things individuals should be aware of in order to maintain a safe working environment.

On the farm, hauling feed or checking on livestock using an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) could result in a rollover, loose clothing could get entangled in a power take-off (PTO), an individual could be trampled by a bulb, or even an ankle could be twisted while getting on or off a tractor.

The possible ways to be injured while on the farm are limitless.

Each year, Purdue University Agriculture Safety and Health Program puts together a summary about the farming accidents within the state.

The "2011 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary," was recently released.

In the summary, it was stated that there were 16 farm-related fatalities documented in 2011.

That is a decrease from 23 in 2010. Since 1970, there has been a decreasing trend in the number of farm-related fatalities.

Two thousand and eleven saw another positive note in that none of the 16 fatalities involved anyone under the age of 18.

With that noted, it is still important that we take steps to educate all youth and farm workers in proper ways of working equipment, handling livestock and the various safety measures we sometimes take for granted.

Even though the Purdue University Agriculture Safety and Health Program "2011 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary" focuses on farm fatalities, it also discusses farm-related, non-fatal incidents, too.

Records of farm-related, non-fatal incidents are not well documented by any source; therefore, they have little data on this topic.

They do, however, have a record of 23 record farm-related, non-fatal incidents.

These incidents range from tractor rollovers to individuals falling off of hay wagons and attacks by farm animals.

For more information about the Purdue University Agriculture Safety and Health Program "2011 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary," and information about trends related to farm safety, contact your local Purdue Extension Office or obtain your own copy of the summary at https://engineering.purdue.edu/~agsafety....

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County, or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* Nov. 29 -- Owen County Extension Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Owen County Extension Office,

* Nov. 30 -- MarketReady Indiana, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $60 in Terre Haute. Call 812-462-3371 to register,

* Dec. 5 -- Goat Workshop. More information on Page 4 of newsletter,

* Dec. 10 -- Flower Arranging Workshop, 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 at Clay County Extension Office. Call 448-9041 to register by Dec. 7, and

* Dec. 11 -- Crop Production Clinic, 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Alexandria, Ind. Call 765-641-9514 to register.

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