LONDON – Farming is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, and the 2017 Farm Science Review is ready to help with information to keep farm workers safe.
The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health program will offer live demonstrations during the Review, Sept. 19-21, at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, including the following farm safety displays and demonstrations.
New to the Review this year is the Farm Safety Scene, a tabletop hazard hunt depicting a farm. People can inspect the mini farm scene to determine the number of safety hazards they can find, such as mishandling farm equipment or standing in an unsafe area.
The Safety in Agriculture for Youth project will offer a free bottle of water for completing a quick survey about chores teens are doing on the farm. This is a grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop safety and health curriculum for youth involved in agriculture. “The main goal is for youth to be involved in agriculture and to stay safe while they are working,” said Dee Jepsen, State Leader for Agricultural Safety and Health in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
Stop by the Grain CART (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) for a live demonstration on grain safety awareness at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon on all three days of the Review. Grain kept in on-farm bins or at commercial grain elevators can pose a risk if employees don’t follow safe work practices. Ohio State University Extension offers training on how to avoid that scenario and what to do in an emergency.
Safety gear for ATVs will be on display, featuring a newly designed lightweight helmet and a “crush bar” that provides protection in the event the vehicle flips over. The ATV crush bar is a small, hairpin-shaped hoop that is mounted to the tow bar to prevent the operator from being pinned during a roll-over. The bar is designed to be unobtrusive and to not catch on low hanging obstacles or limit rear cargo capacity. The newly designed ATV helmet is lightweight, has ventilation ducts and lets the wearer see and hear clearly. The helmet has been recommended for occupational use with ATV’s and UTV’s.
Tickets for the Review are $7 online, at OSU Extension county offices and at participating agribusinesses, and are $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. More than 120,000 people typically attend the Review, an event sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. For additional information, go to fsr.osu.edu.