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On The Farm: Staying Safe

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Yesterday, we reported that a South African farm-hand died in a corn bin accident outside of Washburn on Monday morning. While farming can be a lucrative business, it can also be very dangerous. In agriculture, there are certain factors that no one can control like weather. One thing a farmer can control is their personal safety.

Blake Inman, co-owner of a seed plant in Berthold, has experienced firsthand the effects of a major farm injury.

“A few years ago, I had a tractor battery blow up in my face. I was out for about a month and a half waiting for my eyes to heal,” says Inman.

Accidents can happen at any time, but reducing the chance, can save lives, and save the work that's gone into a season of farming.

“There are not a lot of farmers or people in agriculture that have an abundance of employment right now. It seems like everyone is getting stretched thinner and thinner,” says Inman.

Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents. According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is still the most hazardous industry in the nation.

“You're limited on the time that you have to put the crop in so you have a lot of hours that you put in in a short period of time. Everybody gets tired, and sometimes you just have to slow down,” says Marlo Stromberg a Foxholm farmer.

Most farm accidents and fatalities involve machinery. Using the proper machine guards and doing regular maintenance, can help prevent major accidents.

“This equipment is getting bigger and more powerful, so it's harder to work around, or you have to be more careful working around it because it can cause a lot of problems in a hurry,” says Inman.

PTO accidents cause some of the most serious injuries on the farm. This piece of equipment rotates hundreds of times per minute. If a farmer gets too close, a loose piece of clothing or hair can get sucked in.

“In farming you can't control the weather or mother nature, it's just going to do what it wants, everybody can try to be safe, or as safe as you can be,” says Stromberg.

From maintenance around the farm, to using heavy machinery out in the field, staying safe, is one of the top priorities for farmers.


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