Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

No OSHA Regulation? General Duty Clause Says You Might Still Be Liable

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 22, 2017

What do driving ATVs, handling livestock pharmaceuticals and operating a dump trailer all have in common?

None of them has a formal OSHA safety standard. 

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Topics: OSHA, Ag Safety Program, General Duty Clause

Staying Safe On The Farm As We Age

Posted by Don Tyler on Jun 20, 2017

“Nobody likes getting older, but it’s better than the alternative…” is a phrase that we hear often in regards to aging.  When it comes to safety on the farm, we need to respect the fact that as we age we don’t have the same reflexes, strength, flexibility or agility that we had in years past.  This progresses faster in some people, and slower in others.  We must learn to gauge our own abilities and be realistic in the activities we choose to do—and how we choose to do them.

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Topics: Farm Safety Tips, Farm Safety

Safety Meetings: How to Achieve Your Desired Safety Culture

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 15, 2017

You work tirelessly researching and studying OSHA's regulations and various training requirements to keep your farm safe. You study the Bradley Curve, and try to find ways to lower your farm's DART rating. And nobody knows better than you about how to find fantastic information about creating and fostering a safety culture in the workplace.

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Topics: Safety Culture

OSHA Training Requirements:  Is Your Business Compliant?

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 13, 2017

With limited specific OSHA training regulations for agriculture, you might think that you have covered all your bases in your safety training and meeting OSHA's training requirements. On the contrary, staying current on all OSHA requirements is an ongoing project for you and your safety team.

Safety issues must become a top priority. That means creating a strategy that safeguards your employees and managers safety and fosters a solid expectation for everyones complete compliance with OSHA guidelines. These goals will help establish the foundation of a safety culture that, in turn, could lead to higher productivity and profits for your operation. 

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training Requirements, Ag Safety

Safety Data Sheet Saved His Life

Posted by Don Tyler on Jun 8, 2017

A dairyman was in a hurry to get some heifers treated and when going over a gate, accidentally stuck a syringe filled with a powerful cattle treatment drug in his leg, just above the knee.  He was unconscious before he hit the ground and laid in snow and mud for around four hours before waking up just enough to call for help.  A quick-thinking family member called their veterinarian so he could contact the EMT’s to be sure they used the right treatment.  If they had used their standard procedure for this type of reaction, they would have killed him instantly.  Still, he had to be revived three times on the way to the hospital.           

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Topics: Ag Safety, Farm Safety, Needlesticks, Safety Data Sheet

Ag Safety Pays $1 INVESTMENT RETURNS $4 to $6

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 6, 2017

 

I caught up with a friend last week who owned a large dairy farm and now works for a farm co-op in his “retirement.” When I mentioned ag-safety programs and OSHA compliance, he quickly rolled his eyes and sarcastically said, “Ugh,” with a chuckle.

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Topics: Ag Safety, Safety Program, OSHA Training, Farm Safety

ARE YOUR CONTRACTORS A SAFETY RISK?

Posted by Don Tyler on May 30, 2017

Many ag businesses utilize contractors on a regular basis as electricians, millwrights, veterinarians, nutritionists, mechanics, engineers, technicians and other professionals.  If they are working on your operation and get hurt, are you liable even if they aren’t an employee?  The short answer is YES, but there are ways to limit your liability and most importantly, ensure their safety while at your operation.

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Topics: Contractor Safety, Contractor

Handling Pharmaceuticals and Needles Safely

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 25, 2017

Important components of ag safety are knowledge and information. Knowing the pharmaceuticals being used on your farm today and knowing how to administer them is key to protecting farm workers, animals, consumers and environment. Today's medicines and chemicals are safer but only if the label instructions and manufacturer recommended safety precautions are followed. 

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Topics: Ag Safety, Handling Pharmaceuticals, Needlesticks

Keep it Together When Extracting Stuck Farm Equipment

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 23, 2017

Few farm experiences compare to the dread of calling a family member or coworker from the cab and telling them, “I’m stuck”.  Equipment stuck in the field is a total disruption of what is already a challenging and difficult season.

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Topics: Harvest Safety, Extracting Stuck Equipment

Guarding PTO Shafts On Tractors, Training Is Critical

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 18, 2017

Employees and seasonal workers come from many sources to be employed in the agricutural industry. Many agricultural workers have had no exposure to the agricultural workplace. Regardless of how workers come to work for you, all workers need to know how to do their jobs safely.  

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Topics: Ag Safety, Farm Safety Tips, Safety Hazards, PTO Safety

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