In a typical year, 551 workers die while doing agricultural work in the United States and about 88,000 suffer lost-time injuries. The thing is, most of those incidents are preventable.
National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 19-25) recognizes the hazardous nature of the agriculture industry and promotes awareness of safety solutions. The National Safety Council initiated this annual event in 1944 and has been proclaimed as such by each U.S. president ever since.
In conjunction with the week-long observance, the National Institute for Farm Safety is sharing its expertise with farm-safety and health professionals. Robert “Chip” Petrea, an Extension specialist in agricultural safety and health at the University of Illinois, and NIFS secretary, says, “We have a new list consisting of NIFS members who have agreed to serve as contacts for agricultural safety and health issues.” This is to provide access to local professionals, he adds. The list is alphabetized by state and includes a contact name, the contact’s institution or organization, phone number and e-mail.
The list of farm-safety and health experts can be found on the NIFS Web site. NECAS is the agricultural partner for the NSC, and has developed a variety of other safety articles and public-service announcements on this year’s theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week, which is “ATVs: Work Smart, Ride Safe.”
Source: University of Illinois