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Nationwide News - How Safe Is Your Farm?

Published Jul. 16, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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If you’ve got 10 minutes, you can find out at FarmSafetyQuiz.com.

Because farming and ranching are as much a lifestyle as an occupation, the entire family – including children and seniors – are often exposed to the many hazards associated with an agricultural workplace. As a result, the responsibility to learn about and reduce agricultural hazards ultimately rests with adults in the family, and those who manage the farm.

Daily awareness and a proactive attitude toward safety are the first steps toward creating a safer environment for everyone on the farm.

The Farm Safety Quiz can help farmers and ranchers assess the overall safety of their operations, and learn easy-to-make changes to increase safety. The Farm Safety Quiz available at FarmSafetyQuiz.com, was launched in June by Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company.

The quiz takes about 10 minutes to complete. Participants are asked a series of questions about their farms or ranches –from the age of buildings and their primary heating sources to livestock handling practices, maintenance routines and more. Points are awarded or subtracted for each answer, and the final score from 0-100 indicates if the quiz-taker may be an “endangered species,” “sleeping soundly,” or at another level in between.

No data is collected from the quiz, as it is intended to be an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to gauge the relative safety of their operations for their own information. Although the quiz is easy to complete, its goal is to increase safety awareness and practices. Participants have an opportunity to request additional information at the end of the quiz.

As the leading farm insurer in the nation, Nationwide Agribusiness has learned that helping farmers and ranchers operate more safely can save lives and may benefit the bottom line of the farm business. Take the Farm Safety Quiz at FarmSafetyQuiz.com.

Contributed by Nationwide and Nationwide Agribusiness, which is sponsored and endorsed by Ohio Farm Bureau.



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