Safety in the Spring
May 04, 2021
As many of you know, springtime can be particularly stressful in the agricultural world.
Farmers face many challenges like too much rain, too little rain, long hours, machinery breakdowns, the list goes on. As the busy spring season is already here, it is very important to remember to take care of your own health and safety.
The countless hours spent working can take a toll on your regular sleep schedule. It is beneficial to get a good night’s sleep, so you can make critical decisions and have enough energy to fulfill tasks. It is also important to physically take care of yourself. Some tips to help throughout the day is to make sure you are getting the healthy food you need, drinking lots of water, standing or taking a walk after sitting for extended periods of time, and stretch your muscles frequently.
Some ways to decrease your risk of injury include:
Ensure you are using proper body mechanics when picking up heavy objects.
Wear proper shoes/boots that support your feet and body well. This will aid in decreasing back pain.
Keep areas free of tripping hazards.
Managing mental health is just as important as physical health. Always remember you are not alone. Talk to other farmers, family, and friends.
Partake in your favorite activities when the time comes. Find stress coping mechanisms that work best for you and ask/get help if you need it.
Most agricultural injuries occur during the spring. Taking care of your mental and physical health conditions are huge and the first steps into having a fun/safe successful spring season.
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