National Farm Safety and Health Week: Every farmer counts

Agriculture continues to be the most dangerous occupation in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor 2018 statistics. That year, 574 fatalities occurred, 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 that reason, the third week of September – Sept. 20-26 – has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Illinois Farm Bureau designed the logo. 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.

Led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts.” It 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.

Daily topics of focus include Monday – tractor safety and rural roadway safety; Tuesday – farmer health; Wednesday – agriculture youth safety and health; Thursday – emergency preparedness; and Friday – agriculture women safety and health.

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