Safety, sleep still important when getting harvest in

By Joshua Schuetz

Harvest is coming ‘round the bend and with it, long days, weather worries, grueling work and hopes for a good crop, despite the drought. Unfortunately, safety can sometimes get lost in the mix, as farmers scramble to get the crops harvested before the cold sets in.

Kirsten Lorenz, assistant ambulance director with the city of Jackson, said a lack of sleep is a major driver of farming accidents during harvest time, as farmers extend their working days to as many as 18 hours per day.

“Getting enough sleep is extremely important,” Lorenz said. “You’re doing a lot of tasks that can be monotonous and it’s easy to lose your concentration.”

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