Are the Most Common Accident on Farmstead
Sept. 21---Falls are the most common accidents in agriculture,
yet they are perhaps the most difficult to guard against.
Falls often result in
serious injuries that require hospital emergency room treatment or
untimely death, says Dr. Tony Cook, Extension 4-H program specialist
with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The best weapon
against unintentional falls is staying alert. Your chances of
falling are increased by haste, fatigue, emotional upset, illness,
alcohol and drugs.
Here are some
recommended measures to follow to help prevent falls.
Keep all stairs,
floors and working surfaces in good repair and as free as
possible of mud, manure or snow. Use deicers on outside
walkways, steps and entrances.
handrails where needed. Every stairway should have one.
Keep your workshop
and other work areas clean and free of slipping and tripping
hazards. Good housekeeping is a fall prevention-management tool.
Keep ladders in good
condition. Use the 4-to-1 rule for straight ladders, setting the
base 1 foot out from a wall or building for every 4 feet up.
Wear shoes or boots
with nonskid soles and heels.
Provide plenty of
light so you can see what you are doing and where you are going.
Do not work in a
high place when the weather is windy, stormy, or when you are
ill, tired or taking strong medication.
Source: Dr. Tony Cook, Extension 4-H Program
Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (334) 844-2233