Other tips to prevent injuries:
- Use handrails or grab bars in areas where there are stairs or changes in elevation
- Use three points of contact when mounting or dismounting equipment, such as one hand, two feet or two hands, one foot
- In wet or icy conditions, take smaller steps and try to ensure your torso stays balanced over your feet
- Use slip resistant matting or provide textured surfaces in potentially wet areas
- Maintain good housekeeping in livestock barns and work areas by removing manure and keeping surfaces clean and dry
- Repair uneven or warped flooring, protruding nails, splinters and loose boards, or cracks in concrete which can create an uneven walking surface
- Remove obstructions from travel areas such as extension cords, power cords, hoses, boxes or tools
- Stay alert to items projecting from buildings or equipment
- Create smooth transitions from loose gravel to other surfaces
- Minimize distractions to remain alert to hazards and avoid carrying bulky items that block your view
Ohio AgrAbility is part of a national U.S. Department of Agriculture program that promotes independence for people in agriculture who want to continue farming after experiencing a disabling condition. OSU Extension has partnered with Easter Seals in Ohio to combine resources, knowledge and outreach to bridge the gap between individuals in agriculture and the resources and services available to help farmers with a disability remain productive on the farm.
For more information on Ohio AgrAbility visit http://www.agrability.osu.edu.
For more information on these and other safety issues, contact McGuire at 614-292-0588 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.