As farmers are preparing to begin the fall harvest, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined in the effort to promote safe practices on and around the farm during National Farm Safety and Health Week. President Barack Obama designated farm safety week to reaffirm support for programs and practices that promote health and safety on America’s farms.
“We’re glad to see the White House designate a week to building awareness of farm safety programs and promoting safe practices on and around the farm. Whether you’re a one-time visitor or a multi-generation farm family, farm safety education can help keep everyone safe from avoidable accidents and casualties,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.
Nearly 500 farm work-related deaths occur annually, according to a 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, and machinery accidents account for approximately a quarter of them, Johnson explained.
“Especially this time of year, there is a lot of large farm equipment being operated in the fields and sharing rural roads with other motorists. It’s important for producers and consumers alike to be aware of the dangers and know best practices to avoid related accidents,” he added.
Earlier this year, NFU launched a series of 10 videos designed to educate farm and ranch families, agriculture workers and consumers who visit farms about the proper safety precautions. The video topics focus on farm equipment, livestock handling, grain hauling and storage, keeping kids safe on the farm and more.
More information about NFU farm safety education is available at nfu.org/farmsafety.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.