R Scott wrote:I don't care where you are, 20 minutes is an awesome response time in real life. You are your own first responder.
Eye wash, Clotting agent, TOURNIQUET, pretty much everything a combat medic would carry is available on the farm.
Dale Hodgins wrote:The PTO on many older tractors is not covered.
Johnny Niamert wrote:Not too paranoid about this, but the neighbors down the road don't walk about without a pistol.
Miles Flansburg wrote:Ann, maybe the local fire department or doctor would know of a closer first add class? Or they might be able to put one on ? Do you have any local industries? They usually have a safety department that does these classes. Might be good public outreach for them.
Adam Klaus wrote:Just a WAG, but I bet they carry their guns around for a lot deeper redneck reasons than their fear of wildlife. In the situation, I bet the gun is a lot more dangerous than the wild animals. But you know, some folks just cant feel safe without a gun. Not usually math-minded folks, considering what statistics say about gun accidents. 'Merica!
Paul Cereghino wrote:I like the topic. I think that every time I've done myself any serious damage, I was thinking, even for a moment, about something else. There is lots of time to let the mind wander when doing labor, worrying about other things I should be doing, feeling late, thinking about what is to come, the little things I am irritated about. I suspect that a little buddhism is really good for accident prevention... be in one place at a time...
R Scott wrote:I was serious about the combat medic part, and should have included training. The Boston marathon pictures? Those were less gruesome than PTO injuries I have seen. You might not agree with war (I don't) but you need to be able to function when you see that level of trauma.
Rob is right that problems happen when you are too close to your edge physically or mentally--you just don't have the reserve capacity to deal with the unexpected.
Casey Scogin wrote: I believe a good TCCC class is worth it's weight in gold. Tactical Combat Casualty Care is what our military learns for in the field injuries. A good TCCC first aid kit is about the size of a small water bottle and will help with many life threatening injuries. Clotting gauze in case of a deep cut, chest seals for a lung puncture, trauma shears to cut stuff away, CAT tourniquet for arterial bleeding, nasal airway tube, and some bandages. I have several types but like the Dark Angel Medical kit the best. I took the class in case of injury while hunting but now my wife and I carry a kit with us everywhere we go and keep another in each car.
Su Ba wrote:
So why do accidents happen on experienced farms too? Sometimes we're too busy, in a hurry. Taking shortcuts is a real accident maker.
Mariamne Ingalls wrote:
8. As mentioned, no loose clothing
9. When working in the sun all day, full body cover. You'll get used to it.
10. Stay hydrated.
Just please look around all the time.
Ann Torrence wrote:
I forgot about fire extinguishers. How noxious are these things? I've never fired one off, probably during a fire would be the worst time to test that recoil if there is any. But is it something I want to spray around? Monammonium phosphate is what the label says on mine. My soil isn't so rich in phosphate, what would it hurt to get a cheap one and empty it out in the field?