Clemson Agricultural Safety

Lawnmower Safety

Lawnmower Safety


  • PPE: closed‐toed shoes, ear, and eye protection
  • Always turn off mower engine when removing any grass, cleaning clogged chutes, or crossing gravel paths and road
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers
  • Keep all guards, shields, switches, and other safety devices in proper working order


  • Check for bystanders.
  • Move the on/off switch to on, close choke, prime the fuel line, grasp the pull cord handle firmly, and pull until the tool starts, then place the choke back in the open position.
  • When operating near or on loose material, be sure to position the mower so that the discharge is away from bystanders, fragile objects, and the road.
  • If operating near a roadside, look up often to ensure there are no oncoming cars.
  • Mow with discharge pointing away from trees to prevent the ricochet of projected materials from the mower.


  • Park on even ground in a safe location out of access to untrained persons and children
  • Stop the ride on the mower and shift the gear selector to the park position.
  • Raise and secure the cutting blades.
  • Lock the parking brake.
  • Stop the engine and remove the keys.
  • Remove any materials from around the engine and mowing deck
  • Remove the grass catch bag and empty the contents

Ag Injury News – March 2023

Ag Injury News Report

2/06/2023: Plymouth County 2 year old run over by tractor
2/06/2023: Man killed, son injured in Preble Co. tractor crash
2/03/2023: Man dies in grain bin on farm south of Unionville
2/02/2023: Missouri man dies after semi strikes a farm tractor
1/26/2023: Washington County barn fire; farm worker suffers smoke inhalation
1/19/2023: Man killed after tractor tire explodes at south Alabama shop
1/19/2023: Wyoming man killed after crashing UTV while moving cattle

Chainsaw Safety Quiz


1. True or False: You should always drop-start your chainsaw. 
2. You should never wear ______ _________ when operating a chainsaw.
3. Limbs or branches under tension may do what when cut?
4. When walking on uneven terrain, you should do what?
5. What are some PPE that should be worn when operating a chainsaw?


1. False
2. Loose clothing 
3. They may spring back and hit you or a bystander 
4. You should always turn the chainsaw off.
5. Eye, body, and hearing protection

Ag Injury News Report – February 2023

Ag Injury News Report

1/10/2023: Rural Cashton man injured in farm accident

1/6/2023: Man Seriously Hurt After Arm Becomes Trapped in Farm Equipment: Kane County Sheriff

1/1/2023: Man dies in UTV crash in Gilchrist County

12/29/2022: 3 siblings injured in Berrien Co. farming accident

12/27/2022: Fatal logging accident reported

12/25/2022: Police: Man dead after fall from Central Farm Service

12/13/2022: Farmer died crushed by a tree in San Pedro

Chainsaw Safety – February 2023

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Before you operate a chainsaw:

Check that all controls are fully functional and that the chain is tight and secured. 

Check all fluid levels before starting your chainsaw.

Ensure that the blade is sharp and right for the tools.

Always wear the proper PPE, hearing protection, eye protection, and body protection.

Always start your chainsaw on a firm location.

Basic chainsaw safety:

Always check wood for nails or other metal before cutting into it. 

Shut off your chainsaw when walking on uneven terrain.

Always keep two hands on the saw at all times. 

Ensure that you have proper balance before cutting into wood or a tree. 

Never wear loose clothing when operating a chainsaw.

Be careful when working around branches and limbs under tension. When cut, they may spring back and can hit you or a bystander. 

Chemical Safety Quiz


1. When is a chemical considered to be the most dangerous?
2. _______ and ____________ can cause chemicals to be moved from their intended place. 
3. What occurs when a chemical enters the human body and causes harm
4. What is always the first step when responding to a poisoning emergency? 
5. What information can be found on a chemical label?


1. When it is being mixed
2. Drift and precipitation
3. Poisoning
4. Stop the chemical exposure
5. The required PPE, how to respond to exposure or poisoning, application rates, mixing specifications, and hazards associated with the chemical

Chemical Safety – January 2023

Chemical Safety

The term chemical is a broad term, specific types of chemicals are herbicides, pesticides, and rodenticides. Each chemical requires different handling procedures and different PPE. It is important to always read the label and contact the manufacturer if you have any questions pertaining to the chemical.

Mixing and Applying Chemicals
A chemical is most dangerous when it is being mixed. When a chemical is in a bottle, it is often highly concentrated and requires being diluted before using it. It is always important to wear the proper PPE when mixing chemicals to prevent accidental exposure to highly concentrated chemicals. When applying chemicals, ensure that you know the wind and precipitation. Wind can cause the drift of the chemical to areas that you do not wish it to be. Precipitation can cause the chemical to runoff and contaminate surface and groundwater.

Human Harm
Humans may be poisoned by chemicals. Poisoning occurs when chemicals enter the body and cause harm to the body. Every chemical has a different level of toxicity. Toxicity is the measure of how harmful a chemical is to humans. Toxicity depends on the amount of exposure to the chemical.

Responding to Poisoning Emergency
1. Stop the chemical exposure
2. Call for emergency help
3. Check the label to determine if any actions can be taken before help arrives.

Chemical Labels
Chemical labels are the law and must be followed. Chemical labels contain information about PPE, how to respond to exposure or poisoning, application rates, mixing specifications, and hazards associated with the chemical.

Ag Injury News Report – January 2023

Ag Injury News Report

12/14/2022: Callender man killed in farm accident
12/13/2022: Farmer died crushed by a tree in San Pedro
12/09/2022: 2 cars hit trailer, farm equipment in fatal crash on rural Indiana road
11/14/2022: St. Charles man, 82, identified in fatal Malta crash
11/08/2022: ‘He never made it back out.’ Newburgh father killed in fire was making sure wife, kids escaped
11/05/2022: Selinsgrove man dies in tractor crash Saturday night
11/04/2022: Farm Truck Driver Dies In Accident

Cold Weather Safety Quiz

1. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops below ___ degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Before going outside in the cold, you should always _________.
3. How far should space heaters before from any objects or persons? 
4. To prevent pipes from freezing, you should do what? 
5. What areas of skin are the most susceptible to frostbite? 

1. 95
2. Wear the appropriate clothing and dress in layers
3. 3 feet
4. Leave one running during freezing temperatures
5. Exposed skin, hands, fingers, and toes

Cold Weather Safety – December 2022

Cold Weather Safety

Extremely cold air affects most of the United States and comes every year. During the winter, precautions should be taken when working in cold weather.

People working in the cold are exposed to the risk of frostbite. Frostbite can occur within a matter of minutes, depending on the temperature. Areas of skin that are most prone to frostbite are exposed skin, hands, fingers, and toes.

Another concern for working in the cold is hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. Often this happens when the body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Common symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.

Cold Weather and Plants
Frost and cold weather can be harmful to crops and plants. In the late fall and early spring, temperatures can dip below freezing when crops are in the ground. This can cause plants and crops to be hurt or killed. Frost typically happens on clear, calm nights when temperatures are in the mid-30s.

Safety Measures

  • Only go in the cold when necessary. If you are in the cold for extended periods, make sure you wear the appropriate clothing with lots of layers.
  • If you must travel in winter weather, check the conditions before traveling. Ensure that the roads of clear of any ice or snow.
  • If you lose power, make sure you have prepared an emergency response kit. This kit should include flashlights, candles, a battery-powered radio, water, and non-perishable food items. If you must charge your phone in your car, be cautious of Carbon Monoxide poisoning while staying in your car for long periods.
  • If you have a space heater in your house, it should be at least three feet from any persons or objects. Before leaving a room for an extended period, ensure the space heater is turned off or unplugged.
  • Pipes may freeze in cold temperatures. It might be beneficial to keep water running on extremely cold nights to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Information from National Weather Service