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Farm Workplace Safety: Caring for Your Body while Caring for the Land


What: Farm Workplace Safety Workshop: Caring for Your Body While Caring for the Land

When: August, TBD 

Where: PrairiErth Farm, Atlanta, IL


All too frequently, farmers and their employees are injured on the job, both by accidents and by wear and tear on their bodies. In this workshop, we will cover proper lifting techniques, nutrition, recovery, breathing drills (hands-on), body mechanics, yoga for farmers (hands-on), OSHA for farmers, packhouse hazards (scavenger hunt), and assessing risk on your farm (self-assessment) and discuss how corrective actions can be built into your employee manual and safety plan. The workshop is going to be packed with a ton of great information, tips and tricks, and some easy routines and procedures to implement on your farm to ensure that you and your employees are all operating safely. Lunch will be provided by Epiphany Farms.


10:00 AM
Welcome + Overview of Workplace Safety Issues - Taidghin O'Brien, The Land Connection

10:30 AM
Proper Positioning/Lifting Techniques, Nutrition, Hydration, and Breathing - Donovan Muldrow, Personal Trainer & Powerlifting Coach

11:30 AM
Body Mechanics + Yoga for Farmers - Maggie Taylor, Delight Flower Farm

12:30 PM

1:00 PM
OSHA for Farmers - Brian Bothast, Department of Labor

2:00 PM
Packhouse Hazard Scavenger Hunt - Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm

3:00 PM
Small Group Discussion + Risk Assessment of own Farm - Taidghin O'Brien, The Land Connection

4:00 PM