Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

Restock PPE Before Harvest 2020

Posted by Marty Huseman on Aug 10, 2020

August is a good time to take pause and check your inventory of PPE before going into harvest. 

No matter what you do, you have a reason to work safely and watch out for the safety of others.  Purchase quality products that meet safety standards and are appropriate for work you will be doing. Employees are more likely to wear PPE products that fit well and are comfortable.


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Topics: farm, personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protection, Hand Protection, Eye protection, Hearing Protection, PPE Inventory, COVID-19

UTVs - 4 Considerations For The Farm

Posted by Marty Huseman on Jun 10, 2020

 Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) are common on many farm operations with many uses, attachments and benefits.  They can go by a variety of names such as side by sides (SxSs) and multipurpose recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and I'm sure many more.  Many if not all also double as a recreational vehicle with high performance features.  That being said, power and speed are key components of agricultural  injuries and fatalities.

What should you know when having employees operating UTVs in "non-recreational" farm tasks?  

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Topics: safety culture, farm, ROV, Operator Responsibility, UTV, Utility Task Vehicle, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle, Rollover Protective Structures, ROPS

4 Best Practices for Farm Safety

Posted by Good Day's Work on Sep 3, 2019

During busy seasons, farm safety can take a backseat to other business priorities critical to success. However, safety needs to be part of your critical success factor. Just one accident could affect your ag operation personally and financially, especially if it could have been prevented. Plan your pre-harvest training and safety meeting now to set tone for how your agribusiness will operate for the remainder of the year.

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Topics: safety culture, farm, slips/trips/falls, personal protective equipment (PPE)

How to make time for safety and still run your operation

Posted by Good Day's Work on Feb 20, 2018

Small to medium Ag producers across the United States are realizing the need to start incorporating safety into their business culture & framework. This need is due to many factors, some of the top being increasingly heightened consequences of an accident: larger medical bills, higher risk of lawsuit, and increased fines from OSHA. Even just a single accident is much more risky and expensive today. Not to mention the emotional impact to your business and community around you.

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Topics: safety training program, farm

Free Safety Webinars - Farm Safety week Sept. 17-23

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 14, 2017

National Farm and Safety Health Week is September 17 to 23, 2017.  This year's theme is "Putting Farm Safety Into Practice."  According to National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) this theme hits home and reminds us that it is everyone's responsibility for safety both on the farm and the rural roadways of America. 

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Topics: agriculture, events & activities, farm

Farm Safety Tips: Making the Case for Hearing Protection...

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 8, 2017

On the farm, we use our hearing to do our jobs better. The problem is, when it comes to hearing safety, most threats are long term. We don’t sense any immediate harm. This week's farm safety tips address why it’s important to train your employees on hearing protection

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Topics: farm, personal protective equipment (PPE)

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 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: pharmaceutical handling, agriculture, farm, chemicals

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: safety training program, OSHA law & compliance, agriculture, farm

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: machine guarding (PTOs/augers), agriculture, hazard communication, farm

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