The Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council has made many safety clips available for individuals and organizations to use in both publications and radio spots. Each of these shorts is designated for a 15 or 30 second reading time and may be used free of charge.
Fend Off Falls On The Farm (:15)
Mud can be a sticky problem on farms and ranches. The National Safety Council has these ideas to help you a void slips and falls:
Chemicals And Kids Don't Mix (:15)
The National Safety Council reminds parents on farms and ranches that chemicals and kids can be a deadly combination.
Keep pesticides and other toxins away from youngsters. Remind them that chemical storage areas are "off limits" as playgrounds. And, after using toxic chemicals, immediately clean and dispose of the containers. Remember that a poisoning can happen in the time it takes to turn your back.
Remind Kids: Don't Climb Every Mountain (:15)
Kids may love to explore the farm from pillar to post, but climbing can be a dangerous activity, especially around equipment and buildings.
Remind curious children not to play around equipment that has been left in gear with the keys in the ignition. Also warn young adventurers about the risks of climbing a silo.
Remember, kids can play safely in designated areas on the farm without climbing into trouble.
Avoid Forage Harvesting Accidents (:15)
Accidents involving forage harvesting equipment are often very serious. Use an extra measure of caution when working near forage machinery; its size and operating speed mean you probably won't get a second chance!
All guards and shields should be in place. Avoid mishaps with your forage harvesting equipment by using all of your safety know-how.
Respirators To The Rescue (:30)
Many farm and ranch chores, such as livestock confinement work, require the use of respirators. The National Safety Council urges you to wear a clean dust mask to a void inhaling spores and other irritants.
And be sure to use a respirator when applying pesticides. Check the product label and obtain the required respirator. Have it fit-tested at your farm dealer before spraying or dusting.
Remember, using the proper equipment can ensure your safety and health.
Noises Off: Especially On The Farm! (:30)
Agricultural noise is a common health hazard on the farm and ranch. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, 10 percent of the nation's farm workers are exposed to excessive noise levels.
The National Safety Council reminds you that tractors, combines, choppers and grain dryers can cause permanent hearing loss.
Remember to wear ear muffs or ear plugs when working around loud machinery. Be sure to get regular hearing tests. If you detect a problem, such as ringing in the ears, have your hearing checked immediately.
Rural Highway Risks (:30)
Harvest season means an increase in farm machinery traffic on rural highways. As farmers and ranchers rush to meet harvest deadlines, vehicles and farm machinery can create a lethal mix on the road.
The National Safety Council urges you to follow these driving guidelines:
Remember, road safety can prevent your harvest drive from becoming a one way trip.
Don't Sweat About The Heat (:15)
When the weather turns hot, many farmers run the risk of heat exhaustion and potential accidents.
The National Safety Council advises you to get extra rest when the heat is on. After eating a healthy lunch, take time to relax. Drink non-alcoholic fluids to keep fatigue in check. Follow these safety guidelines and you wont get burned.
Taking A Break Could Lower Your Accident Risk (:15)
Farmers who overwork run the risk of making mistakes. Not only will your muscles ache, but fatigue may cause you to hesitate when seconds count.
Rest is a must when pushing your body to the limit. The National Safety Council urges you to take breaks when hot weather takes its toll.
Potential Danger At The PTO (:30)
Has your pto-driven equipment ever broken down many farm workers can answer "yes." Unfortunately, many can also say that they've gotten too close to an operating pto, causing their clothes to wrap around the shaft. A few lucky victims had their garments torn away. Others suffered serious injury or death.
The National Safety Council reminds you to turn off the pto when inspecting a problem. The PTO shaft operates at speeds of 540 to 1,000 rpms, so you may not have a second chance to do the job safely.
Last updated: 22-Nov-2010 2:44 PM