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Ag remains one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations

Lisa Pfeifer with Ohio State says farmers are busy and want to get the job done, but that doesn’t mean they should sacrifice safety.

She says they should take necessary precautions when entering a grain bin.

“They’ve all done it before and they think it won’t happen to them, but these are things that happen and you can lose a life,” she says.

Audio: Lisa Pfeifer, Ohio State

An ag rescue trailer on display at the Farm Science Review reminds farmers to turn off augers and dryers and wear a five-point harness with a tie off system.

“The comprehensive ag rescue trailer is available to do educational programming through extension at Ohio State to talk to farmers about their safety protocols and habits on the farm when they’re working in and around grain,” she says.

Chris Kurowski with Pleasant Township Fire Department in Ohio says the department hasn’t had to rescue anyone from grain bin engulfment yet, but they are prepared to do so.

“The fire departments in communities are training for any sort of mishaps and (farmers) should be as careful and diligent as possible,” he says. “They should be vigilant when doing their day to day and don’t become complacent.”

Audio: Chris Kurowski, Pleasant Township Fire Department 

Pfeifer says farming remains dangerous and National Farm Safety Week, which is September 17-23, is the perfect time to adopt safety practices on the farm.

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