Spinal Cord Injury - Study Sheet (Teacher's Guide)
What factors play a role in spinal cord injuries on the farm?
equipment; poor repair of buildings, flooring, ladders
are the three most common type of incidents that lead to spinal
falls, tractor overturns, not paying attention
two types of incidents involving tractors that could cause
overturns, falls, pulling stumps
farm activities can result in falls leading to spinal cord
driving on uneven terrain (overturns), falls from heights (ladders, silos), slips and trips (ice, slippery surfaces), using an ATV, extra riders, hitching too high
can spinal cord injury occur when operating an ATV?
being thrown from the ATV or a rollover and being pinned
from machinery, what can cause spinal cord injuries to occur
falls, animal injuries (being crushed or kicked), rushing farm work
the medical bills, what other expenses result from spinal
house modifications, equipment modifications, car modifications, lifts, labor replacement
are the long-term physical consequences of spinal injury?
frequent bladder infections, blood pressure problems, blood clots, depression, muscle wasting
can a spinal cord injury affect the people around you?
financial and emotional stress, physical labor
10. Name one rule for safe tractor operation.
What precautions should you take when operating an ATV?
be familiar with where you are riding, wear safety gear, reasonable speed
When climbing in barns, or on ladders or equipment, what
factor should you consider first?
condition of what you will be climbing on
Name three safety innovations that can prevent spinal cord
injuries in agricultural occupations.
ROPS and seat belts, seat cutoffs (common on riding mowers), helmets for ATV riders, caged ladders on silos
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