09/04/2008

Agricultural Operations

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries. Farming is one of the few
industries in which the families (who often share the work and live on the
premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.

Most of these fatalities involve heavy machinery, but there are several other
common agricultural hazards, such as chemicals and asphyxiation in confined
spaces, to which employees working on farms are often exposed. To counter these
hazards, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health
Administration offers some pointers how to behave and react:

  • Provide roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and seat belts for employees
    operating tractors.

  • Replace guards on farm equipment immediately following maintenance.

  • Always wear long sleeves, long pants, shoes, socks, rubber gloves and
    splash-proof eye protection when working with any type of pesticide.

  • Never work in a silo or manure pit unless you are using a self-contained
    breathing apparatus-equipped respirator.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration