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Hand protection in agricultural settings


Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

With Farm Safety Week coming up September 18-24, I started thinking of possible farm safety topics that I haven't covered. I decide to start by looking at topics that had been covered in recent years.

Here are some of the topics from past news columns; Handle Your Anhydrous Ammonia Safely, Combine and Tractor Fires, Grain Bin "Drowning", Age Appropriate Tasks for Children, It's not all bad news in Farm Safety, Parents and Farm Safety, Farm Safety Day Camps, Tractor Safety Training, Washouts Erosion Cause Additional Harvest Hazards, It's Farm Safety Week - Take a Nap!, The Loose Nut Behind the Wheel, and Toxic Air in a Manure Pit.

Just as I was working on this column I received notice of a webinar from Purdue about Hand Protection in Agricultural Settings. Usually, when we look at farm accidents, we look at cause, ATV, tractor rollover, or PTO shaft. In this case they were looking at what is injured! 22 percent of injuries are hand injuries; this is the most common type of injury.

I immediately thought of my Grandfather Tesmer, he lost a finger and thumb in a corn shredder many years ago, and how common hand injuries are. All you have to do is look at older farmers and see hand injuries.

In agricultural settings (e.g., farms, ranches, forestry, and aquaculture), the hands, wrists, and fingers are the body parts most likely to be injured at work, being at particular risk for bruising, lacerations, contact dermatitis, and frostbite. In addition, tasks involving the hands, wrists and fingers, including the use of power tools and hand tools, are associated with increased risk for cumulative trauma injuries of the upper extremities, which may be disabling.

Appropriate hand protection reduces the risks of injury and disability, whereas inappropriate hand protection may have adverse effects on health, safety, efficiency, and productivity.

Main causes of occupational injury to the hands are: Chemical, (e.g., irritants and sensitizers); Biological, (e.g. parasites, microorganisms, plants and animal materials); Physical, (e.g., exposure to hot or cold temperatures, UV/solar radiation); and Mechanical, (e.g., friction, abrasions, vibrations, lacerations and contusions.

The National AgrAbility Project explored such topics as: gloves and barrier creams, choosing appropriate hand protection for: environmental hazards, vibration hazards, cut and bruise hazards, and chemical hazards.

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Focus on Farm Safety this fall

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The tragedy of an agricultural death or injury can cause the personal loss of a friend or family member. It also causes an economic and social burden when a productive member of a community is incapacitated or dies.

"Safety Counts-Your Comm ..... 
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Soil test to reduce fertilizer expenses

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

High fertilizer prices appeared a couple of years ago and have not left us. This past week I was talking to truck driving hauling potash. He understood the potash he was hauling was about $150 per ton higher than last spring!

Soil testing is ..... 
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Farm Transition and Estate Planning

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Are you struggling with how to transfer your farm business to the next generation?

University of Minnesota Extension, Houston County and Caledonia Area Community Education are pleased to invite you to attend "Farm Transition and Estate Planni ..... 
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Options for managing your woodland

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A series of Woodland Field Days have been scheduled around Minnesota. On Saturday, September 10, a Southeast Woodland Tour will be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

These field days are for family forest owners. The field da ..... 
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2nd Ag in Motion trip = Huge Success!

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Several Fillmore Central students joined others from Southern Minnesota on a charter bus June 20-24 taking part in the 2nd annual Ag In Motion Class. 26 students from 8 schools took part in this trip from the following school districts: Glenville-Em ..... 
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FFA swine proficiency finalist, Molly Frank, part of pork tour

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Regional FFA Swine Proficiency finalists took part in a Minnesota Pork Board hosted Swine Industry Study tour earlier this summer. The tour stops included Newport Laboratories, Worthington; Chandler Feed and Grain, Chandler; Pipestone Systems, Pipes ..... 
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Corn tasseling triggers thoughts of harvest

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

It has become pretty much a standard that during the Fillmore County Fair we see corn tasselling. By the time we reach the Houston County Fair, serious thoughts have turned to corn silage harvest. Over the years, I have quoted Joe Lauer, Corn Agron ..... 
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Crop field school

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week I spent two days at a Crop Field School at the Southern Research and Outreach Center near Waseca. It was a great refresher course covering weeds, insects, and so ..... 
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