National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 19-25, serves to recognize the hazardous nature of the ag industry and promotes awareness of safety solutions. Why? In a typical year, 551 workers die while doing ag work in the U.S. and about 88,000 suffer lost-time injuries. Most of these incidents are preventable.
In conjunction with the weeklong observance, the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) is sharing its collective expertise with an updated list of farm safety and health professionals.
“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,” says NFIS secretary Robert “Chip” Petrea, an Extension ag safety specialist at the University of Illinois. “The list is alphabetized by state and includes a contact name, the contact’s institution or organization, phone number and email.”
View the list here. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Web site will also offer a link to the list. The center is the ag partner for NSC, and has developed a variety of other safety articles and public service announcements on this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week theme, “ATVs: Work Smart, Ride Safe.”