Have you got a plan to stay safe during Plant 2016?

Do you know the symptoms of fatigue?

Fatigue is your enemy at this time of year.

“Too many farmers push themselves, especially during the really busy times,” said Kenda Lubeck, farm safety co-ordinator for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

Fatigue often creeps up on a person. In addition to feeling sleepy and tired, some common symptoms of fatigue include:

  • Headaches, dizziness, and blurry vision;
  • Slow reflexes and reactions, and poor concentration;
  • Feeling irritable, moody, and short tempered;
  • Muscles that are weak or ache.

“We often see safety as being all about equipment and guards, but the most important safety tool a person can have is their attitude which ultimately affects their personal safety decisions,” said Lubeck.

In addition to getting adequate sleep and eating properly, you can ward off fatigue by:

  • Staying hydrated;
  • Periodically stretching and going for short walks;
  • Having enough workers for the job;
  • Not making critical decisions when weary.

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