A lot of personal information is stored on mobile devices. If a cell phone, laptop, or tablet without proper security is misplaced, hackers could access all this information, stealing identities or performing illegal activities. The following T.I.P. procedures makes it more difficult for your information to be discovered and better protects you from the expensive and challenging process of recovering from identity theft. [Read more…]
A $25,000 gift to the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Grain Bin Rescue Operation training program was announced by Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) at a Farm Safety & Health Week kick-off event on Thursday. The gift will contribute to the new training program designed specifically for grain bin rescues.
More than 50 percent of grain is stored on farms in grain bins averaging 60 feet wide, contributing to the increased number of grain bin-related accidents each year according to the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). The course will provide 40 hours of classroom and hands-on education to Illinois firefighters, teaching participants the ins and outs of a grain bin and various on rescue operation tactics. [Read more…]
Farm Credit Illinois hosted four ag safety specialists on Friday, Sept. 18 at Parkland College to preview National Farm Safety & Health Week and remember, as this year’s theme states, “Ag safety is not just a slogan; it’s a lifestyle.”
The presenters included: Amy Rademaker, Carle Rural Health and Farm Safety; Dr. Chip Petrea, Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited; John Lee, Grain & Feed Association of Illinois; and four members of Maroa-Forsyth FFA. [Read more…]
Flip a switch and your lights go on. Press a button and your computer powers up. Plug in your phone and you’re connected to the world.
While electricity has the power to make life a lot easier, this power can be very dangerous, especially on the farm, where large equipment, open fields, storms, and electrical lines can be a lethal combination. Lightning, overhead power lines, and transformers are obvious sources of electrical risk, but there are also other hazards — some unseen and routine — that require caution. [Read more…]
The sun is one occupational hazard that farmers can’t avoid. After all, planting, scouting, and harvesting fields can’t happen in the shade. But there are some simple steps you can take to minimize the biggest risk that long-term sun exposure poses, namely, the risk of skin cancer. [Read more…]
Efficiency is the key in a farming operation. That’s why many farmers transport grain with trucks and trailers rather than tractors and wagons. But using these large trucks adds risk for the operators, especially in the loading and unloading process. [Read more…]
While all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) offer a convenient way to get work done around the farm, they are unique vehicles that require riders to pay great attention to proper use and safety. [Read more…]
Big equipment can have big dangers, and there’s nothing on the farm that’s bigger and more powerful than your machinery. In fact, tractors are the leading cause of accidental deaths and disabling injuries on the farm, and rollovers are responsible for nearly half of all fatalities. [Read more…]
While farmers are ready to get equipment into the fields at harvest time, the driving public isn’t always as prepared to share the road. Bob Aherin, an ag specialist with the University of Illinois Extension, has some suggestions for protecting yourself and others on roadways: [Read more…]
Flowing grain can be as dangerous as quicksand, creating a suction that can pull you under quickly. In fact, a 6-foot man can be up to his knees in grain within two to five seconds and can be completely buried in a grain bin within 15 to 25 seconds depending on the size of the auger being used. This powerful force is the reason why suffocation is the leading cause of death in grain bins.
Unfortunately, Illinois leads the country in the number of fatalities in grain-related accidents. The deaths of two teenagers from Mount Carroll prompted ag safety professionals to work even harder to stem the tide of such accidents by forming the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC). [Read more…]