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Silage Season Safety

With corn silage, you only get one shot to harvest for high quality.  Recognizing there is a tight window of time to get things harvested, one must take the time to harvest in a safe manner. Shortcuts and mistakes can be deadly. In Silage Season Safety: Pre-Season Preparation, UW- Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering […]

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Hydrogen Sulfide Health Hazards

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Reducing Risks from Manure Storage Agitation Gases

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Notes From the Field

Notes from the Field: Death of a Farm Worker After Exposure to Manure Gas in an Open Air Environment — Wisconsin, August 2016 Nationally, farm “confined space” deaths (or injuries and close calls) are relatively common with 1,873 cases identified since 1964 in bins, silos, transport vehicles, and manure storage structures (NCERA 197, 2016).  Of […]

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It’s Never too Late to Add Rollover Protection

The occupational death rate on farms is nearly 800 percent greater than in all other industries combined. The leading cause of farm deaths is tractor rollovers. These incidents cost U.S. agriculture $115 million each year. Operators involved who survive these incidents lose an average of 70 work days, and the cost of a medical care, […]

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