The American Society of Safety Engineers Supports Farm Safety and Health Week, September 19-25, 2010 FARM Safety
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S., with an average death rate of approximately 25 people per 100,000 workers in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each day, approximately 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-time work injuries, with 5% of these injuries resulting in permanent impairment. More than half of all farm-related deaths are caused by tractors. Of these fatalities, more than 50% are from tractor overturns. DID YOU KNOW…
FARM HEALTH FACTS… • Farming has one of the highest levels of job-related stress. In addition, farmers are at a greater risk of suffering from heat stroke. • Often, farmers are exposed to hazardous chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia, carbon dioxide and methane gases, which can cause acute and chronic illnesses. • In rural areas, hospitals and other health services can be miles away, causing serious delays in emergency medical attention.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE… • It is important to take necessary precautions to promote safety on the farm and reduce the chance of injury or illness.
ASSE PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING TIPS… • Develop an emergency plan in case of injuries. Consider taking first-aid training and have all emergency contact information in an accessible location. Visit www.redcross.org for information about training in your area. • Conduct routine maintenance and inspections on all farm equipment to identify potential hazards and reduce the risk of injury. • Educate yourself about farm equipment. Read and follow all instruction manual information and attend farm safety workshops in your local area to become familiar with specific equipment and products. Contact your local Cooperative Extension or Farm Bureau office for information about programs, training and other resources for farm safety. • Install Rollover Protection Systems (ROPS) on all tractors to reduce the risk of injury and death. • Do not wear loose clothing when entering confined spaces or operating machinery.
MORE TIPS… • Use protective gear when operating machinery and appropriate protective gear for handling chemicals or other hazardous materials. • Be familiar with hazardous chemicals. Take extra precaution when handling chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane gas and hydrogen sulfide. Go to www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/chemical.html for information on chemicals. • Consistently educate your family and co-workers about safety practices, especially children. Make sure children are involved only in age-appropriate tasks as described at www.nagcat.org.
Young farm workers… • According to the CDC, in 2006 approximately 1.12 million children under the age of 20 lived, worked or had a regular presence on farms in the U.S. • Approximately 590,000 of these children also performed work on these farms. • In addition, about 300,000 more children were hired to work on farms. • On average, 113 children under the age of 20 die annually from farm-related injuries (1995-2002).
FARM SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUNG WORKERS… • Ask questions about the different hazardous chemicals and farm equipment where you will be working. • Wear a seat belt on a tractor equipped with a rollover protection structure. It is recommended that children under 12 not be on or near a tractor at any time. • Do not play around equipment or have friends ride with you on tractors. • Always wear protective gear such as hearing protection, gloves and air-purifying mechanical filters and chemical cartridge masks. Protect yourself from hazards that may affect your health later in life.
Be Safe On the Farm! • Over 1.8 million people work in production agriculture each year. • For more information about farm safety, visit www.asse.org/newsroom for helpful fact sheets, tips for staying safe and links to more important resources.
About ASSE… • The American Society of Safety Engineers, founded in 1911, is the oldest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members worldwide. For more information about workplace and farm safety, please visit www.asse.org/newsroom. LS PR 8.10