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AgrAbility: Cultivating Accessible Agriculture

 

Helping Maine farmers to continue to farm successfully.


 

NATIONAL FARM SAFETY WEEK, September 21-27, 2014

PrintAgriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. “The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH 2013) estimates that on average 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injuries each day, with five percent of those injuries resulting in permanent impairment.” Maine AgrAbility’s mission is to assist Maine agriculture workers and their families with disabilities so they may continue working in agriculture, safely.

Maine AgrAbility recognizes National farm Safety Week by sharing these tips from the National Ag Safety Database:

Be Tractor Wise

  • Install Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and seatbelts
  • Attach Slow Moving Vehicle emblems on tractors and implements
  • Maintain a “no seat, no rider” policy
  • Allow NO children on or near tractor
  • Remove keys, set brakes, and lock the transmission
  • Lower implements before leaving the tractor
  • Use extreme care when operating tractors on or near sloped terrain
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Enroll in tractor safety training
  • Offer laborers training in their own language
  • Install safe steps and grab bars for mounting and dismounting

Visit our Farm Safety page for more resources


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Farming Success Stories:

Learn more about how Maine AgrAbility works with farmers and gardeners to help them continue to farm successfully.


Maine AgrAbility …

  • provides consultative services and technical assistance, such as suggestions for modifying or adapting the agricultural operation, buildings, equipment, and/or tools.
  • works with rural agriculture, rehabilitation, and health care professionals to support Maine farmers with disabilities and their families.
  • shares information and resources across Maine through networking activities.

There are an estimated 5,700 farmers, farm family members, or farm workers in Maine with a chronic health condition or disability.* If you fall into this category, or know someone who does, contact Maine AgrAbility for more information. You can also ask for an assessment of your situation and farm operation. There is no fee for our services.

*Maine AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions, including, but not limited to, arthritis, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, back impairments, amputations, brain injury, visual impairments, hearing impairments, disabling diseases, cerebral palsy, respiratory impairments, and head injury.