For the past ten years the number of grain entrapments on farms and in commercial grain storage facilities has increased. Since 1964, over 1,873 cases of injuries and fatalities have been documented in agricultural confined spaces. 62% were announced as fatal.
A total of 32,500 pesticide-related calls are made to poison control centers every year with an average of 20,100 cases treated in facilities annually.
An estimated 20,000 agricultural workers are treated for pesticide exposure each year. These workers suffer effects like headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, or seizures. Here’s what you need to know about being exposed to pesticides on the job.
Agricultural work doesn’t stop when the winter weather settles in. Working outside in sub-freezing conditions can be done safely by preparing ahead of time. Heat and cold stress training is a quick and simple way to prepare you and your employees for winter working conditions. When preparing for working outside, the check the weather […]
Over 40 years ago, Congress gave small/family farms unique immunity from safety oversight. OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires that all employers provide a hazard free workplace that complies with OSHA’s safety and health hazards. However, the Appropriation Acts exempts small farming operations from the enforcement of all OSHArules and regulations. Farming Operations are exempt from […]
It goes without saying that confined spaces are dangerous places to be, most people have fears of enclosed spaces. However, many jobs in agriculture require going into confined spaces. Therefore, it is important to be educated on the hazards in confined spaces that you can and cannot see. OSHA defines confined spaces as places that […]
The first big snow storm of the year means using your snowblower to clear the snow from the driveway and sidewalks but be cautious, there’s more injury due to snow blowers than you would think.
The holiday season is here. For many, that means colder work conditions and snowy weather. While this time of the year can be magical, it can also be a dangerous time if you are not careful. The CDC listed some key procedures that everyone can follow to stay safe during this chilling time. These techniques […]
Even if you aren’t around heavy machinery, there are hazards at every worksite. Something as simple as a sidewalk can become a dangerous place if employees are not careful. Because of that, OSHA has safety standards specific to walking and working surfaces. According to OSHA, a walking-working surface is defined as any horizontal or vertical […]
Summers are getting hotter, and winters are getting colder in the US. With these record-breaking, extreme temperatures, being able to protect yourself from the weather has never been more important. Agricultural workers are especially at risk due to the nature of their work. If you work in agriculture, you may be exposed to extreme temperatures that your body […]