Vol. 11, No. 3, September 2010
THOUGHTS & QUOTES
for the memories!...
This is not quite Issue 100
of Safety News and Notes, but it is the last issue.
After a long career in farm safety, I am retiring at the end
of September and moving on to other interests. I have so many
happy memories of working with the dedicated farm safety professionals
that make up our community, and I know we have made a difference
to the agricultural community and that lives have been saved.
I also know this important work must and will continue.
AgSafe Web site will still be online, and materials will
be available as long as they are still timely. Also, although
the National Ag Safety
Database is currently unsupported, it is still available
through the generosity of the company that designs and maintains
it, Conceptual Arts, Inc.
Kids/for Kids from Progressive Agriculture
Tractor Supply, RFD TV, and
Progressive Agriculture Foundation have joined together to create
a video "This Old Farm," which is introduces
children to farm hazards and proper precautions. Narrated and
performed by children, the 20-minute presentation celebrates
the pleasures of living in the country while moving through a
series of farm environments and discussing hazards. Viewers are
encouraged to watch for hazards and find them before the characters
in the video do. The children do chores and investigate barns,
haylofts, personal protective equipment, and vehicles.
View the video online at the
Progressive Agriculture Foundation Web site, http://www.progressiveag.org/.
Window screens keep bugs out,
but wont keep kids in. The Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) urges consumers to think safety before opening windows
where young children are present.
CPSC data indicates that, on
average, about eight deaths from window falls occur yearly to
children five years and younger. An estimated 3,300 children
five and younger are treated each year in hospital emergency
rooms. Hospitalization is required for about 34 percent of these
children falling from a window.
The Neighborhood Safety Network
has developed a poster in both English
to alert consumers to the serious dangers associated with children
playing around open windows.
Farm Safety and Health Week: ATV Safety
Each September, the National
Educational Center for Farm Safety sponsors Farm Safety and Health
Week. This year's event occurs September 19-25 with the theme
"ATVs: Work Smart, Ride Safe." Check the Web
site at www.necasag.org
for PSAs and safety fliers that can be used as educational tools
in conjunction with the campaign.
Activities from FS4JK
You can find a dozen great
safety activity sheets for children at the Farm Safety 4 Just
Kids Web site. Activities include crossword puzzles, mazes, connect
the dot, word search, and even sudoku. The sheets feature various
aspects of farm safety, such as tractors, grain, and animals.
Download these activity sheets
Highlight Dangers of Confined Spaces
In July, two
Michigan teenagers were killed when they were powerwashing
the inside of a small silo. The silo was about 10 feet tall and
only accessible by a small opening at the top. Authorities suspect
that ammonia gas overcame one of the teenagers and the other
child went in to attempt a rescue. Several invesitgators were
sickened while inspecting the silo.
Also in July, two
more teenagers were killed in an Illinois grain bin. Five
people were at work in the grain bin when one worker fell into
the grain. The other four went in to help but quickly realized
the danger. Two escaped immediately, and two more were trapped
with the original worker. Rescue workers were able to extract
one young person, and he was sent by helicopter to a medical
facility. Two of the workers, ages 19 and 14, were killed. OSHA
determined that one of the employees was underage and none of
these workers had required safety equipment.
These incidents highlight the
dangers of confined spaces. They aren't strange types of spaces
and the chemicals involved are not exotic -- something as simple
as a plastic storage container and animal feed can be a deadly
A confined space is defined
as: A space which, by design, has limited openings for entry
and exit; unfavorable natural ventilation which could contain
or produce dangerous air contaminants, and which is not intended
for continuous employee occupancy.
Confined spaces include but
are not limited to storage tanks, pits, silos, vats, boilers,
ventilation and exhaust ducts, sewers, tunnels, underground utility
vaults, and pipelines.
Frequently, confined space situations include multiple fatalities
as people attempting a rescue are also overcome by dangerous
gases. Only trained rescue personnel with the proper gear should
enter a confined space to make a rescue. What overcame the first
person will most likely overcome the second person as well.
If you have confined spaces
at your work site, it is a good idea to inform all employees
about the hazards. Inform them so that they know to stay out
of a dangerous situation.
Confined spaces may be encountered
in virtually any occupation; therefore, their recognition is
the first step in preventing fatalities. A NIOSH Alert requests
the assistance of managers, supervisors, and workers in the prevention
of deaths that occur in confined spaces.
Preparedness Month 2010
September is National Preparedness
Month (NPM) and the Cooperative Extension Service, through the
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), is a partner in
this seventh annual campaign. There is no theme for the event,
but educators are encouraged to use NPM materials to develop
programs which are locally relevant.
NPM materials are available
through the EDEN
Web site or the main
Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers" Publication Available
"Simple Solutions: Ergonomics
for Farm Workers" is a collection of tip sheets that show
a variety of cost-effective methods for reducing chronic ergonomic
injuries, which are most common in the back, shoulders, arms,
We have a box full of these
booklets and would be happy to share them. Take a look at the
publication online, and if you want some copies, write
me and let me know how many you want.
You can review the publication
online at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2001-111/.
Pet Fire Safety Day
500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. In fact, many
house fires are actually started by pets. To raise awareness
of this issue and provide information to avoid incidents, the
third National Pet Fire Safety Day was declared by the American
Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services in July. The following
article is provided by the American Kennel Club, and it contains
valuable suggestions: http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=4152.
of Animal Carcasses
In the event of a disaster
that affects large numbers of animals, a critical issue becomes
correct transportation and disposal of the carcasses. The Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed an
training module that covers personal protective equipment,
how to organize a disposal unit, and correct loading and unloading
procedures, and more.
brochure that summarizes the information is also available.
NEWS & NOTES
is an e-mail newsletter prepared by Carol J. Lehtola, Extension
Agricultural Safety Specialist and team leader for the Prevention
and Preparedness: Agricultural Safety & Disaster Management
program. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
UF/IFAS. Past issues of Safety News & Notes are archived
on the Florida AgSafe