People who work in the farming and livestock industry face varied risks. Heavy equipment, livestock, trips and falls — even exposure to chemicals and sun — make it important to establish a culture of safety. Farming and livestock businesses are unique because families who live and work on the premises are also often at risk. Utilizing available resources to help maintain a functioning safety program is the most effective way to keep awareness high and injuries low in an agricultural operation.
Musculoskeletal injuries in agricultural employees are increasingly common, often due to improper lifting and repetitive activities associated with a strenuous work environment. Additionally, employees are exposed to chemicals, sun, machinery and more, which is why safety should be a top priority in the industry.