OSHA develops program to keep dairy farm workers safe from common hazards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a new local emphasis program to protect workers from hazards found on dairy farms throughout Wisconsin, including risks related to manure storage, lack of vehicle roll-over protection, machine-guarding, and animal handling.
"Far too many workers are injured and killed in preventable incidents at dairy farms in Wisconsin," said Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "This program will enable OSHA inspectors to visit dairy farms and ensure that all required measures are taken to protect workers."
OSHA's local emphasis programs can be found throughout the country, and seek to address hazards that pose a particular risk to workers in a certain area. The measures developed for the Wisconsin outreach program can also be applied to farming and agricultural operations nationwide, as the agricultural industry ranks among the most dangerous in the U.S., according to OSHA.
Every day, roughly 243 agricultural workers suffer a serious lost-worktime injury. Prevent such accidents by wearing appropriate safety products, such as fall protection in grain storage bins, or ear plugs and work gloves when working near farm equipment and machinery.