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Maintain your most valuable resource

By Staff | Dec 5, 2014

Maureen Horsley said it as well as it can be said: “You only get one body. Take care of it.”

Horsley, an advanced registered nurse practitioner at the Crown Clinic in Spencer, is quoted in an article in today’s edition of Farm News that underscores the importance of farmers taking care of what really is their most valuable resource – themselves.

Farming automatically means a number of high-risk factors. After all, most farm accidents and fatalities involve machinery.

But, farmers – who often live miles away from hospitals and emergency medical care facilities – also need to be mindful of bodily risks in the form of exposure to chemicals as well the increased likelihood of cancer as a result of exposure to the sun and the need to have hearing protection.

OSHA lists 20 potential health and safety hazards on the farm, including cold, dust, mud, manure pits, toxic gases, livestock handling, lifting and slips and falls.

In addition to those risks most likely on the farm, there are also universal health concerns – including stress, proper nutrition, current immunizations, blood testing for cholestorol and diabetes – that farmers, who have particularly physical jobs to begin with, need to take seriously.

It is, indeed, important to keep farm machinery well-oiled and running at its best, but no piece of equipment is worth more than the farmer himself.

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