Make Safety Your New Year’s Resolution

Many people see the clean slate of a new year as an opportunity to make changes. In life. In business. In relationships. If you’re a producer, all of those changes are centered 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.

IMG_0543In 2010, over 475 people died on farms and ranches in the United States alone.

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 farm.

Every day about 243 people working on farm experience an 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 hospitalization

· $6,577 for an injury requiring less than 10 days of hospitalization

· $4,293 in lost work for a hospitalization lasting 10 days or more

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. So make safety your New Year’s resolution and have safe and happy new year!

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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