With December here and the new year not so far away, this is the
time of year to think about making changes. Many people see the
clean slate of a new year as the perfect chance to make a
change in their life, from business to relationships. If you're a
producer, all of those center around your farm. What better way to
celebrate the end of a safe and successful year than to start
planning how to improve next year? And the best improvement
are those that make your farm - your home AND business - safer for
you and your family.
In 2010, over 475 people died on farms and ranches in the United
About 113 kids under the age of 20 die from farm-related
injuries per year.
In 2009, an estimated 16,100 youth suffered injuries on the
Every day about 243 people working on farm experience a injury
that results in lost time.
What does an injury cost?
· $143,580 for injury of a youth that required 10 or more days of
· $6,577 for an injury requiring less than 10 days of
· $4,293 in lost work for a hospitalization lasting 10 days or
Bottom line, you can't afford NOT to make safety a priority on
your farm in 2014! For many, a single injury could wipe out a farms
operating profit for an entire year.
Source: Farm Safety Just For
Farm Safety For Just Kids is devoted to the safety and health
of rural youth by preventing injuries and fatalities.
For over 25 years the organization, chapters across
the country, and outreach coordinators have provided farm safety
education to youth and their families. For more information visit
the website or
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