by Sandy Johnson, livestock specialist
In general, the agriculture community recognizes that it ranks among the most hazardous industries. Modern equipment has seat belts and rollover protection, shields around power take-off shafts and other moving parts. Safety equipment is available to help protect workers when handling pesticides, anhydrous ammonia or other chemicals.
The Colby Fire Department is now equipped with a grain cofferdam that can be used to save people engulfed in grain. Despite these improvements, accidents can and will occur so it is important to learn about potential hazards rather than gaining first-hand experience.