Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is no doubt: it is not always convenient, or easy, or enjoyable to focus on farm safety issues. But the time and effort involved with a focus on farm safety is always worth the investment compared to the heartbreak resulting from tragedies that take place on farms every year. National Farm Safety Week is Sept. 16 to 22 this year and it is an important opportunity for farmers to re-focus on farm safety heading into the busy harvest months, not only for themselves and their families, but also their farm employees.“Agriculture is still one of the most hazardous industries not only in Ohio but in the U.S. Safety in agriculture is a key component to preventing severe injuries and fatalities,” said Kent McGuire, Ohio State University’s Health and Safety Coordinator in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. “As an agricultural employer it is important to make safety a priority and take the time to train your employees on safe work practices and recognizing hazards. When we look at agricultural hazards, we can break those down into physical injuries and potential health issues. It is very important to consider the overall health and well being of not only farmers, but also agricultural workers. This includes stresses and mental aspects associated with agricultural production as well as some of the current issues we are trying to address like the opioid crisis. We have to look at getting those resources and that help out to the rural farm communities.”A focus on farm safety starts from the top management on down, and it needs to be embraced by everyone.“Safety needs to be a priority and one of the biggest things you can do for family members and employees is to build a culture of safety to create moments where people can recognize a hazard and address the situation. There are such a variety of hazards in agriculture from equipment, to livestock handling, to slips trips and falls and even confined spaces. The emphasis on taking the time to provide safety training and creating an awareness for your employees is vital to preventing health issues or injuries,” McGuire said. “We have put together a safety program for CFAES that can provide resources for the agricultural industry out in the state.”National Farm Safety and Health Week is coordinated by the U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to highlight agricultural health and safety and create opportunities to start or continue to build safety programs for farm workers, farm families, and everyone involved in agriculture. Following are the daily themes through the week highlighting different safety focus areas for farms, and McGuire offers more specific items to consider for each topic. Monday: Rural roadway safety Throughout the year it is necessary for farm equipment and regular motorist to share the road. It is important that the equipment operator and the general motorist use the proper precautions on roadways.As an equipment operator:Make sure that all warning flashers and lights are in proper operating condition, and ensure the Slow Moving Vehicle emblems, are clean, and easily visible.Use turn signals or proper hand signals to give plenty of warning to other motorist of your intentions to turn.Plan ahead and watch for roadside obstacles.If possible, move equipment at off peak hours and use an escort vehicle if needed.Always have your brakes pedals locked together, Rollover Protective Structure in place and seat belt fastened.As a motorist sharing the road with agricultural equipment:Understand that most ag equipment today will not fit in one lane of the road.Operators also have to navigate around roadside obstacles like steep ditches, mailboxes, road signs, and bridge railings.Consider that operators of farm equipment my have limited vision to what is behind them because of the size of equipment they are towing.Take into account, most farm equipment is traveling at 25 miles per hour or less, as a motorist traveling at 55 miles per hour, reaction time to closing distance is greatly reduced. Use caution in order to prevent a rear end collision.For more visit umash.umn.edu/farm-safety-check-roadway-safety/ Tuesday: Health/suicide/opioids It is very important to consider the overall health and well being of the farmer or farm worker. This also includes the stresses and mental aspects associated with ag production. Common health hazards in agriculture include respiratory hazards, hearing loss, exposure to chemicals, working in extreme temperatures and sun exposure.Another aspect of living healthy is minimizing stress, however farming can be a consistently stressful occupation. Farmers experience stresses associated with most occupations such as high demand, time pressures, and increased workload; however, farmers have added pressures associated with agriculture, such as uncontrollable weather, machinery breakdowns, variable crop prices, or even economic survival.Finally, the challenges of dealing with the impacts of opioid use and addiction in the agricultural workplace and rural communities are growing. Educate employees about the dangers of addiction and the harm of abusing illegal drugs and prescription medications. Watch for warning signs of addiction and be extra vigilant if employees work in safety-sensitive positions or with heavy machinery.For more visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wpshttp://nasdonline.org/1246/d001050/health-hazards-in-agriculture-an-emerging-issue.htmlhttps://articles.extension.org/pages/70313/production-agriculture-and-stressand www.usda.gov/topics/opioids. Wednesday: Child/youth health and safety For generations, youth have had an active part in agriculture. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 2 million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards each year. As a result, it is important to understand and comply with the federal and state agricultural youth employment rules, stress safety practices and make sure that they are doing age appropriate work tasks that they can handle physically and mentally. Training young workers to recognize hazards is essential to reduce the risk of physical injury or health related exposures.For more information visit: www.osha.gov/SLTC/youth/agriculture/workers.html and https://www.dol.gov/whd/AG/ag_pocket_guide.pdf Thursday: Confined spaces in agriculture There is such a variety of confined spaces in the agricultural industry from grain handling facilities to manure storage areas, to bulk processing storage. An agricultural confined space can be identified as any space found in an agricultural workplace that:Was not designated or intended as a regular workstationHas limited or restricted means of entry or exitAssociated with potential physical and/or toxic hazards to workers who intentionally or unintentionally enter the space.It is important that those areas are identified and procedures are followed when working around or entering those areas. Hazards associated with agricultural confined spaces include: toxic atmospheres, combustible atmospheres, engulfment, entrapment, and equipment hazards.For more information visit: www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3939.pdf Friday: Tractor safety Tractors are the most widely used piece of equipment in agriculture, and still cause the most agricultural related fatalities in Ohio and nationally. The three main causes for severe injury include: roll-over, run-over, and being caught in moving parts. It is important to understand how to safely operate tractors, understand their capabilities and limitations, and use the safety features such as Roll Over Protective Structures.For more information visit: extension.psu.edu/national-safe-tractor-and-machinery-operation-program.“There are benefits to better safety and health practices in agriculture. Obviously the primary benefit is the reduction of illnesses, injuries and agricultural related fatalities. Additionally, there are cost and productivity benefits such as reduced worker’s compensation and insurance premiums, minimal medical expenses, and increased productivity and morale with employees,” McGuire said.Additional information on managing safety and resources for employee safety training in the agricultural industry can be found at https://agsafety.osu.edu/programs/cfaes-osha or contact Kent McGuire, OSU Agricultural Safety & Health, at email@example.com or 614-292-0588.
john paul titlow Since Spotify launched in the U.S. last year, many musicians haven’t been sure what to make of it. Is the all-you-can-stream music model a promotional tool or a bona-fide revenue source? The answer may be somewhere in the middle.The debate over whether Spotify deals fairly with artists will likely rage on as the company’s business matures. While the music industry waits for things to shake out on that front, some artists are experimenting with Spotify not just as a giant library of music, but as an app platform. Blur, the recently reunited 90s Britpop band, has a Spotify app that others would be wise to emulate. Artist-branded apps are nothing new, but they’re usually built for mobile platforms like iOS and Android, and seldom with much success. Late last year, Spotify launched its own third-party apps platform, enabling developers to build HTML5 applications into its desktop player, right on top of its enormous library of music. Early examples mostly came from press outlets like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as well from music-distribution startups like Last.fm, MoodAgent and Soundrop. Each one ties a chunk of Spotify’s library to a customized interface containing human-curated playlists or mashes music up with data from other sources. It’s one of the most promising things about Spotify. As part of the promotional campaign for Blur’s newly reissued catalog, the band became one of the first to launch its own app on Spotify this summer. After playing around with it, I can see the potential this approach has for artists. And its big. I owned a couple of Blur CDs in high school. I wasn’t the group’s biggest fan, but I liked them well enough, even if “Song 2” showed up in entirely too many action movies and TV commercials. For a listener like me who’s familiar with much of Blur’s music, but who hasn’t actively listened to them for years, the Spotify app acts as a convenient gateway back into their world.At its core, the app is essentially a nice-looking wrapper for the band’s back catalog, which was already available on Spotify. What this unique form of digital packaging does, however, is keep listeners focused on a single artist rather than letting them get lost in the sea of millions of songs on Spotify. For the artist, that’s a good thing, because the more people stream their music, the more money they’ll make (a number that looks likely to increase as the service grows). The app experience goes beyond the music library, and that’s where much of the potential lies. The app functions as a sort of mini-site for the band, with historical tour dates, a discography (all of which is playable), a band biography from Wikipedia (not the label’s own PR department) and a sign-up form for the band’s mailing list. So while the main focus is on streaming tracks, the app also pushes fans towards other ways to support the artist. The only thing missing is a merchandise page and, if the band were planning an extensive tour, a tab for selling concert tickets. Like any good digital media initiative, it’s more than a one-way channel from the artist to fans. It could be more interactive, but the opportunities for fan participation it offers are a good start. The most participatory part is the Playlists section, which shows fan-created Spotify playlists of Blur songs and encourages users to create news one directly within the same interface. (The Spotify app for the punk rock band Rancid takes the curated playlist concept one step further by letting fans stream songs hand-picked by each member of the band.)The Blur app’s social media integration could be better. The main landing page displays recent tweets mentioning the band’s official Twitter handle, but the usernames, hashtags and links remain unclickable. There’s also no Facebook tie-in beyond the basic sharing functionality built into the Spotify desktop client. Another drawback of this – and any other – Spotify app is that it’s not available on mobile, where many subscribers do most of their listening. While there’s some evidence to suggest that Spotify is working on mobile support for its third party apps, the company has offered no official timeline. Still, the potential for artists is palpable. Using Spotify’s API, one could build out an HTML5 app showcasing a major new release alongside merchandise for sale, concert tickets and real-time streams of social chatter and other relevant information. That’s a big step up from the kind of context and engagement listeners get now when they discover an artist on Spotify, an experience that’s limited to track names, related artists, album art and the music itself. If things evolve the way Spotify and its industry partners hope, the result may be a multi-pronged revenue source and potent music marketing tool tapped into a massive user base. Blur, along with Rancid, has done the industry the favor of acting as a guinea pig in this experiment. Like Spotify itself, its app platform is still quite young, but as it expands, it’s a good bet that more artists will hop on board. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Even if you’re a Google Reader user suffering from existential doubts about the future of news readers, cloud services or the Internet in general, take my advice: You can save yourself a lot of work later if your doubts eventually dissipate by visiting Google Takeout before July 15. Make that, now.Takeout lets you create an archive of your data from any Google service, including Reader. Once you’ve created the archive file, download and save the resulting .zip file to your local machine. If you ever decide to use another newsreader service, your new news reader can import the subscriptions.xml file inside the archived zip file to recreate your subscriptions.Go On, Give A News Reader A ChanceNewsreaders aren’t for everyone, of course. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend online to read, then links suggested by your friends or followers on social media may suffice for you.But if you have a need to keep up on the latest in some particular field—or several of them—you might find yourself best served by a news reader. Same goes for folks with a lot of time and passion to follow their personal interests online.If you fall into one of those categories, then news reader services may be worth checking out. Go on, tune out the doom and gloom of today’s news and give one a shot.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#AOL#Digg#Feedly#Google Reader#Pulse#RSS Readers Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… brian proffitt Google Reader’s demise today is causing a little ruckus in the tech community, even though the writing has been on the wall for a while. There are also a lot of Google Reader alternatives out there, so there’s no particular reason to panic.But many people have taken this opportunity to suggest that the day of the Web news reader has passed and that Google Reader itself is no great loss. I disagree. News readers played a key role in making online media of all types accessible to a broader audience, even if they never caught on with the Internet masses. And they’re still useful today, at least for a certain type of dedicated online reader.So here’s a handy guide to what Google Reader—and news readers in general—did for us, and what they can still add to your online life.Zen And The Art Of News ReadersIn the early days of the Internet, Web surfers sought out information the old-fashioned way—they searched for and visited individual Web sites and blogs to find what they wanted. Whenever you found a site you liked, you’d bookmark it for future visits.Over time, though, prolific readers started to compile so many bookmarks that it became a pain to keep visiting sites just to look for new material. Multi-tabbed browsers helped, but opening more than 20-30 Web sites at a time could choke your computer.Which is where syndication—i.e., technology that pushes articles and blog posts to you—came into play. The primary advantage of syndication was that readers no longer had to spend time checking again and again for updates on their favorite sites. Instead, they could see all those updates in one place. That place was the news reader.Subscribe Now!Syndication tools—RSS and Atom are the two most common ones—basically allow Web sites to offer readers “subscriptions” to their articles. If a site displays an orange RSS icon or link (such as the one pictured above in the lead image), clicking it subscribes the user to one or more “feeds” from the site that will display the most recently published posts on the site.In the early days, your subscriptions turned up in a special browser window. Later, they would appear in standalone news reader applications.That basic subscription model opened up vast new skimming and reading opportunities. By organizing different feeds into categories, news reader users can keep tabs on articles published by dozens, even hundreds, of subscribed Web sites. This turns out to be amazingly useful when you want to see what’s new, because most readers can be set to highlight the most recently published material.Categories also help you manage your time. You can spend work time catching up on the industry news you need to know and then spend personal time scoping out all of the news and special interest blogs that you read for self-enlightenment or just for fun.True, news readers aren’t the one-stop-shop for reading that they used to be. When RSS feeds first came out, many sites would offer full-text feeds of their articles, making it possible to skim the whole site without ever visiting it. Over time, though, sites began to limit their feeds to truncated versions of their posts, often in hope of drawing readers to the site itself in order to boost pageviews and to rack up more money from ads.Despite such limitations, news readers gained quite a following in the early 2000s as hardcore Web surfers used them to read everything they could get their hands on.A Little Bird Told MeTwo big changes for newsreaders happened in more recent years.First, there was the birth of Google Reader itself in late 2005. Essentially Google Reader took the place of stand-alone news reader applications, and put subscribed-feed content in the cloud.This was a big deal, since users no longer had to be tied to the single machine where they’d installed the news reader software—which, of course, contained all of their subscriptions. Suddenly it was possible to just log in with your Google account and find all your feeds in one place, no matter where you were.The second big change was the advent of social media. As social platforms like Facebook and Twitter matured, they quickly became a resource for finding new stuff to read. Even better, it wasn’t content that you had to go find on your own, but content that people you liked or followed had pre-vetted.Google Reader’s users could share material with each other in a similar fashion, but the social media networks offered many additional ways to interact with friends or followers—way more than a simple news reader could. And eventually they ended up draining attention from news readers.It’s not a stretch, in fact, to say that social networking killed off Google Reader. That’s because Google’s decision to axe Reader was a clear attempt to capture the social sharing that was on Reader site for its own Google+ social network.Really, I Feel FineGoogle Reader may be disappearing, but that doesn’t mean news readers are going away. Plenty of other cloud-based services would love to have your business:AOL has launched its own AOL Reader service recently, complete with importation of feeds and an application programming interface so other developers might tie their apps into AOL’s feeds, just as apps were doing with Google Reader. The service is in beta now.Digg, the venerable link sharing and news aggregation site, is in beta mode for a new Digg Reader it’s had in development since Google announced the shutdown of Reader in March.Feedly, a pre-existing service that seems to the heir apparent to Google Reader, is quickly updating its service on both Web and mobile interfaces. Since Feedly was already a player in this space, it has a head start on catching many migrating Google Reader users.Pulse is a news reader that delivers your subscriptions in the form of a magazine, much like Flipboard does with on mobile devices. If you like your reading presented in this way, it’s worth a look.The Old Reader is a very simple cloud-based news reader service that presents your articles in a straightforward way. It offers minimal features and no mobile app (although other mobile apps support it), but if all you want is fresh stuff to read and lots of it, this could suit you just fine.In Case Of Emergency, Order TakeoutA quick note for anyone still using Google Reader up to July 1: You need to export your subscriptions from the Reader service ASAP so you can use them later in another service, if you so decide. Update: Google has extended the time users can pull their Reader data out for use in other news reader services until July 15. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A post-mortem found Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the English Channel.The evidence was heard at a coroner’s hearing in the English city of Dorset on Monday, three weeks to the day since the crash.The single-engine aircraft was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff where Sala was due to start a new career playing for the Welsh capital’s Premier League club.Home Office pathologist Dr Basil Purdue has given the cause of Sala’s death as “head and trunk injuries.”Sala’s body was recovered from the seabed wreckage last week but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing.Acting senior Dorset coroner Brendan Allen said during Monday’s hearing the Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation could take up to 12 months. A pre-inquest review hearing was set for November 6.Also Read | Fire strikes another Brazilian club days after Flamengo tragedy, 2 players in hospitalAlso Read | Cardiff City manager cancels mid-season break trip to Tenerife to mourn Emiliano SalaAlso Read | AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta dedicates maiden Serie A goal to Flamengo fire victimsAlso See: