As fall rolls in you are likely to have a lot on your mind and it's easy to become distracted by the mounting tasks of harvest time. That's why September is the perfect time to focus your attention on farm safety. The National Safety Council recognized this fact back in 1944 when they encouraged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to sign the first National Farm Safety and Health procalmation. Since then, we've recognized the second week in September as a time to pay closer attention to the daily hazards of farm work. The National Education Center For Agricultural Safety officially hosts the week and this year's theme is "Working Together for Safety in Agriculture" which reminds us of the old addage "safety in numbers". Working in teams and groups can take more coordination than working alone so that accidents don't increase. Each worker must make sure that their actions are safe, not only for themselves, but for the people around them. But, on the flipside, working with a companion can ensure that if an accident does happen, there is some around who can help.
There are some startling statistics about accidents and injuries that happen on farms. Even on a small scale it can be overwhelming to think of all the areas, machines, and equipment that are potentially hazardous on your farm. Here are some helpful resources to get you thinking about how you can take steps to make your farm safer for you, your family, your staff and your visitors:
In closing, we'd like to include a quote from the folks at the United Farmers Cooperative, because we couldn't have said it better:
"Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the world...In the upcoming months, workloads may get greater due to the harvest season. Please keep safety at the forefront of your daily activities. Have a safe harvest season."
-Small Farm Central