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Farm Safety Week Commences

Join us this week in recognizing National Farm Safety Week. Although it is officially observed in North America this week, farm safety is something that affects everyone all over the globe. So check out our features each day and perhaps you will learn something new or be reminded of something you already knew. Be safe out there.

“In a typical year, 551 workers die while doing agricultural work in the United States and about 88,000 suffer lost-time injuries. Most of these 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. This annual event was initiated by the National Safety Council (NSC) in 1944 and proclaimed as such by each U.S. president since.

In conjunction with the week-long observance, the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) is sharing its collective expertise with an updated list of farm safety and health professionals. Robert “Chip” Petrea, an Extension specialist in agricultural safety and health at the University of Illinois, and Secretary of NIFS, said “This list consists of members of NIFS who have agreed to serve as contacts for agricultural safety and health issues, in order to provide access to local professionals. The list is alphabetized by state and includes a contact name, the contact’s institution or organization, phone number and email.”

The list can be found on the NIFS Web site at http://www.nifsagsafety.org. There will also be a link to the list from the Web site of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety http://www.necasag.org. 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, ATVs: Work Smart, Ride Safe.” Source: Farm safety week is Sept. 19-25 | Farm Equipment content from South East Farm Press

I would like to invite you to share your farm safety testimonials and tips every day this week.

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