Pork Production Safety System

Terry L. Steinhart, Field Specialist/Swine, Southeast Area
 

Problem

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, and leads all other industries in work-related fatalities.  A majority of all agricultural accidents involve some type of machinery or equipment.  On pork operations, however, most occur during animal/human interaction.
 
If youre injured on the job, you can lose time and income while recovering.  Medical and rehabilitation bills can pile up.  You can lose the ability to function, temporarily or permanently, as you did before the accident.  Injuries to workers put tremendous physical and financial strains on the business.  Worst of all, accidents can cost people their lives.
 
Response
 
With financial support from National Pork Board, a pork production safety program was written.  I edited and wrote the animal handling section of this safety course.  NPB took the material and made a computer based self study guide.  The computer based information became available in the fall of 2005.
 
Impact
 
As of March 1, 2006, 521 sets of material have been distributed.  This material is also being translated into Spanish and will be distributed at the World Pork Expo this summer.  Six of the ten largest companies in pork production are currently using this program.  A comprehensive evaluation will be conducted later this year.
 

March 10, 2006
108 - Iowa Pork Industry Center

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