Putting Farm Safety into Practice

John Shutske, Director of the UW Center for Agricultural Safety & Health and Extension Safety Engineering & Agricultural Health Specialist, talks about National Farm Safety and Health Week.

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Summertime safety – at fairs, festivals, and farm tourism venues

Millions of people visit county and state fairs, farm festivals, and “agritourism” destinations every summer. The increase in attendance at these venues has also brought an increase of interest in how to keep agritourism visitors safe and prevent injuries and illnesses that can occur at farms and festivals that feature potentially dangerous activities.

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National Farm Safety Week lasts 7 days, but farmers encouraged to practice safety 365 days a year

Contact: Cheryl Skjolaas, 608-265-0568, cheryl.skjolaas@ces.uwex.edu National Farm Safety Week, September 18-24, is a time when farmers are reminded to take precautions to prevent farm related injuries and fatalities said Cheryl Skjolaas, University of Wisconsin-Extension agricultural safety specialist. Agriculture ranks as one of the most dangerous industries nationally, she noted. This year’s theme “Safety Counts-Your Community […]

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Engineer buildings to stand up to winter

David Kammel, Professor UW-Extension Agricultural Engineer Specialist Department of Biological Systems Engineering UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences dwkammel@facstaff.wisc.edu (608) 262-9776 Roof sagging under winter snow load? David Kammel offers some precautions. 3:04 – Total time 0:17 – Signs of stress on a building 0:38 – What to do if you have concerns about […]

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Dealing with heavy snow loads on agricultural buildings

Contact: Brian Holmes, 608-262-0096, bjholmes@wisc.edu Due to the recent heavy snowfall there is reason to have concern over heavy snow loads on farm buildings. There have been several reports of farm buildings going down in western Wisconsin. In addition, many have concerns for buildings that still have significant amounts of snow on them especially if […]

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It’s fall harvest season, use caution when driving on rural roads

Contact: Cheryl Skjolaas, (608) 265-0568, skjolaas@wisc.edu If you’re heading out to the rural areas to pick pumpkins and apples or check out the fall colors, you’re likely to encounter slow moving farm equipment on the road as fall harvest season is underway throughout the state. That means it’s time for all drivers to be especially […]

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Don’t get stuck in the mud: tips for safer towing

Contact: Cheryl Skjolaas, 608-265-0568, skjolaas@wisc.edu After the recent heavy rains and flooding, tractor or farm machinery may get stuck in the mud. Extra caution needs to be taken when trying to free or move “stuck” equipment said Cheryl Skjolaas, University of Wisconsin-Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist. Skjolaas offers these tips for safer towing: — Select a […]

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Summer weather safety

Cheryl Skjolaas, Director Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety Department of Biological Systems Engineering UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (608) 262-6330 (608) 265-0568 skjolaas@wisc.edu Time – 3:04 minutes 0:18 – Summer heat 0:35 – Sun protection for skin and eyes 1:11 – Lightening, tornados 2:13 – Safety after the storm, power lines and chainsaws […]

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Livestock safety at the fair

Kari Johnson, Summer Safety Assistant Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety Department of Biological Systems Engineering UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (608) 262-6330 skjolaas@wisc.edu Time – 3:07 minutes 0:20 – Fairs as popular summer entertainment 0:44 – Fairgoers use caution with animals 1:38 – Safety tips for livestock exhibitors 1:59 – Getting animals prepared […]

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