Farmers can avoid potential medical injuries by taking safety precautions during the busy season ahead. Harvesting season is a busy time for farmers and many potential hazards can cause accidents which result in injuries.
Dr. Debra Phillips, professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine, makes some safety recommendations.
Dr. Phillips advises farmers to use caution around harvesting machinery. Avoid getting hands and arms caught in augers and power takeoff shafts. And have fire extinguishers handy to put out fires that may be caused by machinery and dry debris from the harvest. North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks can be found at www.nagcat.org