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Farm safety training could help prevent work injury

When farm safety and emergency care training are not provided to employees, an entire group of people could be at great risk for catastrophic accidents. Experiencing a life threatening work injury while working on a farm could leave an employee with physical and mental disability. A recent emergency rescue and safety program will help to train Wisconsin farm workers to proactively help prevent accidents and work injury.

The program is provided through the state's Occupational Health and Safety Project and includes safety training for chemical spills, safe operation of farm machinery and rescue operations. Understanding emergency shut off procedures and specific farm dangers can be a necessity for many employees. The program is meant to not only help farmers and their employees recognize hazardous situations but also learn how to respond in an emergency situation.

Working on a farm littered with dangers that could lead to a work injury, such as high-powered machinery, can be very dangerous and require proper training. When a worker suffers personal damage from working with machinery, the worker runs the risk of losing a limb or their life. The same risks apply to an employee who inhales dangerous gases or becomes entrapped in a silo.

The ability to provide emergency support in the midst of a dangerous accident can save lives. Wisconsin professionals believe that by training both paramedics and farm workers for safety and emergency response, accidents can be prevented and handled more effectively. An employee who has suffered work injury from lack of training or inappropriate safety exercised by their employer may seek guidance in collecting applicable workers' compensation benefits.

Source:, "Class brings farmers, emergency crews together to prepare for farm accidents", Larry Lee, May 9, 2014

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