first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA program offered at the University of Georgia’s Tifton, Ga., campus teaches emergency workers how to safely handle many farm emergencies and rescues.Each year, agricultural work is ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in injuries and death rates among U.S. occupations, said Glen Rains, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Rains coordinates farm safety extension classes and programs in Georgia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“When I give safety talks, wherever I go there is someone there who has had or knows someone who has had a leg or fingers taken off, or worse, in some farming accident,” Rains said.About 60 emergency medical service and fire fighter personnel from across the country have taken the FARMEDIC course offered in Tifton, Rains said. The most recent course took place Nov. 6-7.The FARMEDIC program was developed at Cornell University to train the people who train other emergency medical providers. The program shows the best ways to approach and resolve accidents specific to farming. Over the past two decades, the program has been used to train more than 22,000 firefighters and EMS providers.Most farm equipment and machines are designed to rip, tear or move things with considerable force.A power take-off, or PTO, is a rotating shaft that transfers power from the tractor to an attached piece of equipment, such as a mower. They’re often not covered. And they account for many farm accidents. They can very quickly grab clothing and spin a person into it.Tractors can also roll over on a person who isn’t paying attention – or onto a person who is. Hands and legs can get sucked into hay balers. A person can fall into a grain silo. “The human body is just no match for most farm equipment,” Rains said.The FARMEDIC course gives rescuers an idea of what to expect when they arrive on a farm accident scene, he said. Most important, they learn how to secure the scene by turning off machinery that may have been running for hours, avoiding injury.According to the USDA, most farming accidents happen to people between the ages of 10 and 14 and to those over 65, Rains said. “Most farming accidents are caused by a person’s inexperience or slow reaction time,” Rains said.For information about FARMEDIC or other farm safety programs, contact Glen Rains at (229) 386-3377, or e-mail him at ([email protected]).last_img read more

Kenya’s COVID-19 death toll hit 532 as 16 more succumb

first_imgThe death toll for COVID-19 in Kenya has hit 532 after 16 more patients succumb to the virus in the last 24 hours.As of Thursday the country’s case fatality rate stood at 1.6 percent, with 516 confirmed deaths.Out of this, 386 which is about 75 percent, are males and 130, which is about 25 percent, are females. All the new cases are Kenyan except nine foreigners with the youngest being a 3 year old baby while the oldest is 92 years.Also Read  KNCCI training to help special group SMEs cope during COVID-19149 are male while 143 are female.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondaySpeaking during COVID-19 daily press briefings Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi noted that 885 health care workers have so far contracted the virus with 16 succumbing in 35 counties.While lauding the Home-Based Care program, Dr. Mwangangi said 288 patients have recovered raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 18,157.Out of the 288 recoveries, 190 are from Home-Based Care program while 98 are from different health facilities.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsNairobi has 106 cases, Kajiado 53, Machakos 25, Nakuru 25, Kiambu 23, Kisii 23, Busia 13, Mombasa 11, Kisumu five, Bomet five, Garissa four, Homabay four, Nandi four, Uasin Gishu three, Kitui three, Nyandarua three, Taita Taveta three, Turkana three, Nyamira 21 Kericho, Murang’a, Vihiga and Makueni one case each. This even as 322 cases tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours bringing total number of confirmed cases in the country to 31,763.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more