Recently, here in Monroe County, Ohio, there were two fatal farming accidents within a week of each other. My thoughts and prayers are with both families who suffered these tragic losses.
I do not claim to know the circumstances surrounding these accidents, but it does make me think about how quickly accidents happen.
My husband had an injury to his hand and lost the tip of a finger in a square baler a couple of years ago. He knows how to use a baler and the dangers, but in a split second, he made a decision (or had a reaction) that caused him injury.
It seems that in our busy lives these days we are easily distracted. I just want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be aware and focus on the task at hand. We owe it to our loved ones and ourselves to do our chores in the safest, most conscious manner.
The following safety tips were obtained from the National Society of Safety Engineers.
National Farm Safety and Health Week will be Sept. 21-21. Visit www.necasag.org/ for more information. Other good sources of safety information are www.osha.gov, www.cdc.gov/niosh and http://research.marshfieldclinic.org/children.
Please, farm safely!