COUNTY AG NEWS

Farm Safety

In a couple of weeks, we will enter full-scale fall harvest for the 2017 growing season, which makes it is a good time for farm families to review the farm safety procedures in their farming operation.

More farm accidents occur during the fall than at any other time of the year, and usually involve one or more farm family members. Special care should be taken with children and senior citizens around farm and grain handling equipment, as these groups are the most vulnerable to farm accidents.

Federal and state statistics list agriculture as one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. Farming is one of the few industries in which family members often times work and live on the same premises. This makes farm families at a much higher risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries in the workplace, compared to most other professions.

Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture data, there are over 1.6 million full-time workers in production agriculture on U.S. farms, with a large number of youth under 20 years of age residing on farms. Based on recent U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there were 475 fatalities in farm-related work-related injuries in the U.S., which resulted in a fatality rate of 21.2 deaths per 100,000 workers.

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