By Tim Kowols
For farmers across the country, last week’s National Farm Safety and Health Week was another reminder of the dangers related to their field. According to the Chicago Tribune, there were more than 6,700 injuries on dairy farms with more than 11 employees in 2015. Farm operations like Ebert Enterprises in Algoma make sure their valued employees are in areas they have expertise in and are extensively trained when they are hired to make sure they are comfortable in their role. Safety meetings for some departments take place during the slower periods of the year, while others like those managing the herd meet almost monthly. Owner Randy Ebert says it is important to make sure their most important assets, their employees, are protected.
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety recognizes National Farm Safety and Health Week the third week of September every year, corresponding often with the beginning of the fall harvest season.