National Farm Safety and Health Week
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The 2018 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 574 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry.
For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.
The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”. This theme is one that reminds us that it is in everyone’s best interest to prioritize the health and safety of those who work so hard to provide our abundant supply of food, fiber and fuel.
Along with the theme for the week, the daily topics of focus are:
- Monday – Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
- Tuesday – Overall Farmer Health
- Wednesday – Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
- Thursday – Emergency Preparedness in Agriculture
- Friday – Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
Please visit National Education Center for Agricultural Safety for further information and resources related to this year’s campaign. Webinars that will be offered throughout the week.
As we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, please join us in spreading awareness of the risks associated with working in agriculture and promoting safe and healthy practices through the harvest season and beyond.