National Farm Safety and Health Week

The agricultural industry remains one of the most dangerous workplaces in America. Hundreds of fatalities are documented each year linked to agriculture, with the most dangerous time of year being fall harvest. The season we are in now, fall harvest, is typically the busiest time of year for farmers causing an increase in fatalities.  
Each year the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety recognizes the dangers associated with farming and ranching during National Farm Safety and Health Week. The theme this year is “Every Farmer Counts”, and will be recognized Sept. 20-26 with each day being dedicated to a different topic as follows:
 
  • 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

 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded nearly 600 fatalities in 2018 linked to agriculture. This is a staggering number with many of the accidents being avoidable. Farmers and ranchers must be diligent with farm safety and take all precautions necessary. It is also important to have an emergency preparedness plan in place and make sure everyone on the farm is aware of the plan.

At Mid-West Fertilizer, the safety of our customers and employees is most important and it is critical in everything we do. Follow along on our social media as we highlight each daily topic of National Farm and Safety Week.

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