By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson on October 10th, 2018
Mental and Physical Harvest Health and Safety
The statistics are alarming. Farming continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. With only 2.1 million farmers tallied by USDA, the numbers of farm death and injury represent a significant percentage of the farm population.
The National Safety Council reports that out of 100,000 farm workers, 20.4 per year will lose their lives. That number is six times higher than the combined average for all U.S. workers. On average, 100 ag workers report lost-time injuries daily. Most of those require medical treatment.
Farming is about family, friends, communities and a way of life together. We become used to “toughing it out” and keep going, pushing ourselves and our limits to the brink. That can affect individuals of any age.
But that does not have to be the expectation at the expense of anyone’s mental or physical health and safety. Look out for signs of stress and fatigue. Reach out for help and support for yourself or for those around you.
Several resources can be found here: http://www.agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health.
Remember, have a safe and healthy harvest.
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