Feed Lot

APR-MAY 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 150,000 people go to the emergency room every year for ATV-related injuries. Too often, these victims are children. Of the 350 or so ATV fatalities that occur annually, 3 out of 5 of them occur on farms. That's an ATV fatality on a farm every other day. Some of the most serious non-fatal ATV injuries in- clude traumatic brain injury (TBI), permanent concus- sions, neurologic injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck fractures, broken bones and dislocations in addition to chest and abdominal injuries. Rollovers and crash- ing into trees, feed bunks, gates, fences, equipment or other vehicles can cause TBI. Initially, the victim may not even appear to be injured so examination by a medical professional is always recommended. ATV's are deceivingly dangerous, in part because they are incredibly useful on feedlots and, lets' face it, they are fun to operate. We have the added challenge that cattle are unpredictable. Some feedlots have gone away from horses to ATV's only to realize that the ATV lacks a few layers of security—the brain, agility and reaction time of a horse. It's something to consider when reviewing these options for your operation. Protect Yourself Riding ATV's for work or pleasure exposes us to hazards that can be minimized with the right personal protective equipment (PPE): • Helmet—ALWAYS wear a DOT-rated helmet when operating an ATV. No exceptions. Be sure that it fits correctly and the straps are secure. • Eye Protection—Face shields or safety glasses are essential to protect from bugs, dirt, dust, mud, branches, etc. • Clothing—Long sleeved shirts and full-length pants are needed to protect from airborne hazards, wires, protrusions, fencing, hot areas of the ATV, etc. They should not be loose or baggy. • Boots—Be sure that your footwear protects you from the hazards you will encounter and the condi- tions you will be working in that day. The laces on your boots should not be too loose or hang in a way that could get caught in moving parts of the vehicle or hazards outside the ATV. • Gloves—Gloves are essential to protect you from hazards you are exposed to during operation and normal contact with handle grips. Safe Operation • Train—No one should operate an ATV in your busi- ness until they are trained. You need a specific train- ing checklist that must be passed to ensure they know how to work safely and effectively. • Maintain—Any equipment that is poorly maintained has the potential to be unsafe. Be sure that guards, foot rests, handle bars, lights, brakes, gauges, racks, 18 FEED•LOT  April/May 2017 MANAGEMENT By DON TYLER ATV Safety for Feedlots

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