Hanging Tobacco in Drying Barn


Adult responsibilities child tobacco drying

 

ADULTS NEED TO MAKE SURE:

 

  • Work area has no hazards
  • Climbing structure is stable and safe
  • Child has been fitted for a respirator and shown how to use it
  • Break areas are provided away from the work site with bathrooms and water for drinking and washing hands
  • Child has at least one ten-minute break every hour
  • Child changes outer clothing and washes hands after job

 

 

 

 

 

Main Hazards

slip on a ladderfree-weighthands doing repetitive picking
Working up high can
lead to falls
Weight of tobacco sticks
or leaves can strain
muscles
Repetitive motion can
strain muscles and injure
back and joints

Remember

leather glovesnon-skid shoeseye goggles
Leather gloves Non-skid shoes Eye protection
 

Can your child do this job?

ABILITY

Can the child bend and lift safely? (See "Bending"/"Lifting")
Yes.
No. STOP! Children must be able to bend and lift correctly to do this job safely.

If 16 or older, can the child climb safely? (See "Climbing")
Yes.
No. STOP! Children must be able to climb correctly to do this job safely.

Do the tobacco sticks/leaves the child will lift weight less than 10-15% of his or her body weight?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children lifting more than 15% of their body weight are more likely to injure their backs.

Does the child have to carry the tobacco sticks/leaves less than 10-15 yards?
Yes.
No. CAUTION! An adult should park the tobacco wagon closer to the drying site.

If working up high, can the child balance and walk along an 8-foot 2x4 while carrying 10-15% of his or her body weight (for example, a weighted suitcase)?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children who can't balance and maneuver weight are more likely to be injured.

Does the child have good peripheral vision? For example, while looking straight ahead, can the child see your finger entering his or her field of vision at shoulder level?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children with limited vision may not see people or obstacles in the work area.

Can the child stay focused on a job up to 50 minutes?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children working beyond their attention span are more likely to be injured.

Is your child responsible? Do you trust your child to do what’s expected without anyone checking?
Yes.
No. CAUTION! Children who behave irresponsibly need close supervision.

Does the child do things that seem dangerous for the thrill of it?
Yes. CAUTION! Children who take risks or behave dangerously need close supervision.
No.

TRAINING

Has an adult demonstrated hanging tobacco in drying barn on site?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children learn best when shown how to do the job at the work site.

Has the child shown he or she can do the job safely 4 to 5 times under close supervision?
Yes.
No. CAUTION! An adult must watch constantly until the child shows he or she can do the job.

SUPERVISION

Can an adult supervise as recommended?
Yes.
No. STOP! The right level of supervision is key to preventing injuries.

 

Supervision

What's the right amount? Here are suggestions- but remember, it depends on the child.

Leaves:

Age 12-13: WATCH nearly constantly at first. When the child shows he or she can do the job, CHECK every few minutes.

Age 14-15: When the child shows he or she can do the job, LEAVE for 15 to 30 minutes, then make sure the child is bending and lifting correctly and not showing signs of fatigue.

Whole plant working at ground level:

Age 14-15:
CHECK every few minutes.

Age 16+:
When the child shows he or she can do the job, LEAVE for 15 to 30 minutes, then make sure the child is bending and lifting correctly and not showing signs of fatigue.

Whole plant working from heights:

Age 16+:
WATCH nearly constantly at first. When the child shows he or she can do the job, CHECK every few minutes.


 

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North American Guidelines
for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT)

For more information, visit: http://www.nagcat.org

 

 

 

ncclogo National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Marshfield Clinic
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449-5790
Phone: 1-800-662-6900 or 715-389-4999
Fax: 715-389-4996

 

 

nfmc logoNational Farm Medicine Center
Marshfield Clinic
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449-5790
Phone: 1.800.662.6900 or 715.389.4999
Fax: 715.389.3535

 

 

 


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