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

Do you know the symptoms of fatigue?

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