The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) is a coalition of organizations that work together to help keep children safe on the farm. These organizations represent the agricultural community, child injury prevention, minority-serving associations and related industry organizations.
November’s Safety Message
Working on a farm or ranch can be a great experience for youth, instilling a good work ethic, providing valuable work experience, teaching them responsibility and giving them an income.
However, the work environment on farms and ranches can be dangerous. Special protections need to be in place to protect youth, including proper job assignment, training, adequate supervision and safety education.
If your son or daughter is working on a farm or ranch, speak with their employers. Find out what their policies are for working youth. Educate yourself and your child on good work practices and how to be safe when working on farms and ranches.
View a “Model Policy for Youth Working in Agriculture” and learn more at http://cultivatesafety.org/model-policy/
It’s harvest season: Are the children safe?
Keeping children safe while they live, play and work on farms can be challenging. It’s even more difficult during harvest season, peak time for agricultural injuries.
The webinar exploring childhood farm hazards was presented by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety: Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist Marsha Salzwedel, and Project Manager Bryan Weichelt.
Each year, news headlines tell grim but preventable stories of death and injury. Non-working children, ages 6-and-under, are particularly vulnerable, this webinar describes actual childhood injury incidents and these topics:
- Tractors and equipment (run-overs and falls, entanglement, etc.)
- Engulfment and suffocation hazards with grain harvesting and storage
- Hazards resulting from harvesting crops (picking fruit/vegetables, urban/community gardens, etc.)
- Exposures/hazards while visiting farms (hay rides, corn mazes, farmers’ markets)
AgriSafe Network hosted the webinar as part of its National Farm Safety and Health Week series.