The harvest season is now in full swing for our area with wheat harvest winding down and soon to follow is potatoes, beets, corn and more. This is an important time for our community with such a strong agriculture industry. Farmers and their extra hired help will now have two months of long hours and hard work to get in all the crops. These long hours and added stresses can really wear down a person’s immune system, create extra fatigue, and even lead to accidents if proper precautions are not followed by everyone. To avoid any unnecessary injuries or illnesses, we recommend talking with your employees regularly, about the proper precautions and protocols that should be followed at all times to prevent accidents. These reminders should be done at the beginning of the season and throughout, especially when the days get long and fatigue really starts to set in. Remind your employees of the following:
Take care of yourself! Fatigue and long hours can cause people to make mistakes and lead to major injuries. It also breaks down the immune system making us more susceptible to colds and flu. Each employee should do their part to take care of themselves by packing plenty of fluids and healthy food and snack options to get through the long days. Avoid alcohol, drugs, and try to get plenty of rest each night too.
Follow the precautions and rules! There are many rules and precautions when working with heavy machinery and driving trucks that should always be followed. Employers should be sure that all employees understand these rules before working with any piece of equipment to avoid major injuries.
Take care of your back! Back injuries are always the most common injury reported by employers. All employees should be instructed on proper lifting precautions that includes using the legs when lifting heavy loads and to ask for help when needed. Employers should also help to create ergonomic work stations that help maintain good posture, like using stands or stools on a potato pick line.
Wear your safety gear! Wear appropriate safety gear to protect yourself from the elements and dirt. Goggles or glasses will help shield your eyes from the sun and dirt. Face masks or a bandana are imperative to prevent from inhaling extra dirt in your mouth and nose. Well-fitted gloves are essential to protect your hands. Try wearing small ear buds to protect your ears and hearing, BUT be sure that you can still hear others talking to hear instructions or in case of emergencies! Lastly wear comfortable shoes and plenty of layers of clothes to adjust for warm or cold temperatures throughout the day.
We hope everyone in our community remembers to follow these health and safety precautions to have a safe and productive harvest season. As your community hospital district, we are here to help if you should need medical or emergency care with an injury or illness to get you taken care of and back to work as soon as you can. Happy Harvest Season to Everyone!
POWER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT– Your Partner to Keep Employees Healthy!
- Company Health Fairs- We can participate in company health fairs with free health information, goodies, or even a provider presentation.
- Have a high deductible insurance plan? Encourage your staff to utilize our Direct Access Lab testing when needed. Pay the total up front for discounted testing & results sent directly to them. Onsite blood draws available for businesses too.
- Back & Lift Classes available from our Physical Therapy department.
- 24-7 Emergency Room for fast treatment or transfer of major employee accidents.
- Convenient Outpatient Laboratory, X-rays, CT-scans, or IV Therapy for your employees.
- Reduced Rate Drug Testing for contracted businesses.
- Billling experience with State Workman’s Compensation. Let us help with easier claims management.
- Convenient, Quick Clinic Services:
- Power County Family Clinic is Open Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
- Bilingual translations services, including NEW physician Dr. Scott Conover!
- Same day appointments available.
- Onsite flu or immunization clinics available for businesses.
- DOT-certified physical exams available.
- ABERDEEN FAMILY CLINIC NOW OPEN TOO!
As your local health care provider, we want to partner with local businesses to help keep your employees healthy and productive. Please contact us anytime that you may need some assistance or would like us to help participate in your workplace wellness program! Call Jacklyn at 208-226-3200 for more information.