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Many farm-related medical problems can be prevented by planning ahead and taking safety precautions.

A variety of injuries are caused by farm accidents and other occupational hazards related to farming. Many of these injuries can be prevented by getting adequate rest and taking safety precautions. Dr. Debra Phillips, professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine, explains.


Inhaling debris floating in the air during harvest is a serious health hazard. Dr. Phillips advises farmers to use air masks to protect their lungs from the dust and debris in the fields. She also advises taking safety precautions against fires.


Dr. Phillips advises farmers to keep a first aid kit handy, do a 15-minute safety check for potential hazards, and properly train others who will be operating machinery. If someone has an injury, they should quickly go to their personal physician or hospital emergency department.


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