Marty Huseman filled three tables with personal protective equipment that can be worn to prevent injuries on a farm or a rural home setting. Huseman works with Specialty Hybrids, and explained simple protective wear to kids and adults attending a recent safety day camp in Putnam County.
The R.I.L.E.Y. safety program was held in honor of Riley Sutherlin, who was killed in a farm accident in 2014.
Huseman got everyone's attention when he fired up a weed eater, and then a chain saw.
"Weed eaters throw things," he told the group. You need good eye protection. I've found that for less than $50, I could get a face shield with hearing protectors attached. It's a great way to make sure you won't get hit in the face with flying debris. Muffling the noise is important too.
When it comes to chain saws, Huseman actually suggests that chaps might be a good investment. He says that many chain saw injuries occur when the person using the saw is moving it around, and isn't careful about where it is in relation to their body.
A chain saw injury doesn't have to be a major cut or worse to be worth avoiding. Things like chaps that will absorb the blow if you hit your leg with the chain running are well worth it, he says.
One table was piled full of various kinds of gloves. Huseman says it's important to pick the right glove for the job that you're doing. If you just need protection for your hands, cheap gloves often sold in bundles for a minimal price at big ag retail stores will do the job.
If you're doing something more dangerous, like working with chemicals, then you may need a specialty glove that may cost somewhat more, but which will provide protection against any potential hazards you might encounter.
His number one message was to take advantage of the protective equipment that is available, and dress properly for the job.