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Organizations team up to highlight work injury hazards on farms

Workers in the Wisconsin agricultural field may be exposed to unique hazards in their chosen career fields. With the growing likelihood of a work injury occurring, OSHA and the Wisconsin Agri-business Association have allied to combat that increase. They will focus on addressing the hazards that can occur in the grain and feed industry and discuss the six major danger areas that could increase the dangers of a work injury.

The alliance will allow the two organizations the opportunity to work together in a joint effort to successfully train industry workers and help them identify the major areas of danger. They hope that the alliance will allow them to improve both the health and safety of Wisconsin farm workers. Some of the major danger areas in the industry include falls, electrocution hazards, auger entanglement, engulfment, struck-by and combustible dust.

The two agencies will offer guidance and information to both employees and their employers. In addition, they hope to develop training programs in order to reduce injuries that workers tend to sustain on farms. They will place emphasis on certain aspects of farm safety including effective machine guarding and will implement lock-out programs for when workers need to enter confined spaces. The joint effort will also assist in providing resources to convention and local meetings and additionally offer informational materials to be passed out when the events occur.

Wisconsin farm workers are exposed to unique dangers in their career fields and the likelihood of a work injury could be much higher than in other jobs. The joint venture hopes to highlight those unique dangers and educate farm workers on how to either prevent or diminish such occurrences. In the event of such an injury, workers are often qualified to receive workers' compensation which could help them with lost wages and the costs of hospitalizations while they recover.

Source: Wisconsin Ag Connection, "OSHA & WABA Team Up to Address Grain Industry Hazards," Dec. 4, 2012

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