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The benefits of a farm safety program


David L. Bayer

Author Affiliations

David L. Bayer is Farm Advisor in Personnel Management, Cooperative Extension, Sacramento County.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 38(1):26-27. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n01p26. January 1984.

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Work-related injuries impose substantial costs on employers as well as employees. This is as true of agriculture as of other industries. Moreover, because crops may perish if accidents delay harvest, and expensive machinery must be handled by experienced workers. farmers cannot afford to lose key people. There is ample proof from other industries that effective safety programs can reduce injuries and save companies money. The DuPont Company, for example, saved $26 million on workers' compensation, or the equivalent of 3.6 percent of its net profits, because management made safety the first item on its agenda (Jeremy Main, “When Accidents Don't Happen,” Fortune, September 6, 1982). However, until now, the literature has provided few examples of such success in agriculture.

Bayer D. 1984. The benefits of a farm safety program. Hilgardia 38(1):26-27. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n01p26
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