The agriculture industry is difficult work, and each year many employees, farmers and agriculture service providers are injured. Each year approximately 12,000 young workers are seriously injured in the agriculture industry. Additionally, it is estimated that each day about 100 employees are injured severely enough that they miss work and these are only the reported incidents - there are many injuries that go un-reported each year as well.
Earlier this year, we discussed some of the more frequent causes for injuries in the agriculture industry. Injuries due to machinery, chemicals, livestock and the environment. Most of us can relate to one or more of these injuries or have heard the stories.
Knowing some basic first aid goes a long way to reducing the severity of an injury. Even basic first aid and CPR skills can save lives. Applying these skills in a critical scenario can buy valuable time until the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) can arrive onsite and take over.
The science of Cardio Pulmonary Recitation (CPR) has changed over the years. The focus these days is on calling 9-1-1 and getting the injured person to medical professionals. If you have not, attended a first aid certification course like those available from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, it should be on your “To Do” list.
You never know when you are going to be presented with a medical emergency. Things happen both at work and away from work. Being able to provide even the most basic first aid might make a critical difference. Depending on your work location it can take time for medical professionals to arrive and having someone trained in First Aid and CPR just makes good business sense.
While no one expects you to be a medical professional, having a simple first aid kit in your vehicle, tractor or boat can go a long way toward assisting someone in the event of an accident.
As with other safety efforts, practice PACE. Pause, Assess, Consult then Engage. If you have any questions, reach out to your MMA team to learn more.