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When Spring comes, it will be nuts!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

We all know that spring will come! When it does, every farmer will be putting in long hours to get the crop planted. A few years ago, University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist Bob Aherin said taking a break can actually be one of the best things you do during harvest. I believe that is every bit as true for the spring planting rush!

Research shows that after every two hours of work, we should take a 15 to 20 minute break. This break can relieve the stress and focus of what we are doing. Data shows that injuries occur more often in late morning or late afternoon after farmers have been working for several hours.

It is important for others around the farm to remind workers to take a little break and to shut down the machinery. A little mid-morning snack and a little afternoon nap might just be a good thing. Even a short break in the middle of the afternoon or evening will decrease your chances of having a serious farm accident. After such a break we are more rested and more mentally alert.

Instead of thinking of those few minutes as downtime, think of a nap as a good risk management tool. The average farm accident can cost upwards of $20,000 in medical bills and lost productivity. The message is clear and simple for the planting season: operator downtime pays because there are fewer errors, injuries, and even deaths when a body is well rested.

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