In the blink of an eye a farm injury can change your life. Sharing stories of events, close-calls, and effective safety strategies can help you identify on farm risks and figure out ways to prevent devastating injuries and illnesses. The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health presents FarmSafe, a podcast dedicated to sharing stories and tips to help make your work on the farm safer and healthier. Original music for the FarmSafe podcast was written and performed by Ben Schmidt. This work was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health. The content does not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or NIOSH.
ATV Safety Features
In this episode Carolyn Sheridan and Jenna Gibbs from the Ag Safety and Health Alliance talk about the education they provide on ATV Safety in their Gear Up for Ag Program. Jenna and Carolyn spend time educating students on safety and engineering features of ATVs to help reduce risk of injury. These features include wider frames, crush protection devices, and GPS rollover systems or alarms. “I do think students are really interested in that, because those are safety decisions that you make at the point of purchase. It’s not like a behavior that you have to change after doing it for so many years.”
ATVs on the Farm
In this episode, we focus on ATV use on the farm and Dr. Jennissen talks about some of the common injuries from ATV farm incidents and what activities might increase the risk of injury. “ATVs and side by sides were the most common source of injury and death in agriculture across youth, for those kids 17 years and younger, and was the second most common source of injury and death in agriculture for all ages.”
ATVs and Young Riders
We continue our conversation with Dr. Jennissen on ATV safety. Adult-sized vehicles are designed for adults, so young riders may be unable to control them. “95% of all deaths of children on ATVs occur on an adult-sized ATV at the time of their crash and death.” Dr. Jennissen also talks about the risk involved with having a passenger on an ATV as most youths ride with or as a passenger, increasing the risk of injury and death.
ATVs on Roadways
ATVs are designed for off-road use. “They’re not really all-terrain…so when they’re on roadways, both paved and unpaved, they can have a very unpredictable relationship with the roadway surface- one tire can grab and all of a sudden- boom, the ATV is rolling over.” Dr. Charles Jennissen is a pediatrician and emergency medicine physician who has been around ATVs for most of his life. We talk with Dr. Jennissen in this episode about the way ATVs are designed, and the risk involved with driving them on roads. He also provides recommendations for staying safe if you have to be on the road with an ATV for farm work.
Introducing FarmSafe and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
Welcome to the FarmSafe podcast. Farming is a dangerous job and there are a variety of hazards involved. In this introductory episode, we hear from GPCAH researchers and partners about the work they do to help keep farmers safe and healthy.
Great production and interesting content
I have no experience with the farm environment or the farming process but I really enjoyed this podcast. I learned a lot and had no idea about the well known dangers that exist on a farm. This podcast is a great tool for educating people about all of these issues. I’m excited to hear more stories.