Throughout the country, Farm Bureaus everywhere are highlighting safety on the farm for Ag Safety Awareness Week. Farm safety is a major priority, as farms rank among the most hazardous work sites (CDC). This year, the Agriculture Safety Awareness Program will take place March 6-12, with the theme “Caution – Safety is No Accident“. Each day there will be a different safety focus to emphasize farm dangers and how to prevent them.
The CDC provides some startling statistics on how dangerous it is to work on the farm:
- In 2012, 374 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 20.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. Tractor overturns were the leading cause of death for these farmers and farm workers.
- On average, 113 youth (less than 20 years of age) die annually from farm-related injuries, with most of these deaths occurring to youth 16-19 years of age (34%).
- Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth, 23% percent involved machinery (including tractors), 19% involved motor vehicles (including ATVs), and 16% were due to drowning.
- Every day, about 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment.
- From 2008-2010, 50% of all hired crop worker injuries were classified as a sprain or strain.
- In 2012, an estimated 14,000 youth were injured on farms; 2,700 of these injuries were due to farm work.
So this week, take some time to brush up on farm safety with these videos! Be sure to check out some of our other blog posts for more safety information.
Monday, March 6 – ATV Safety
Tuesday, March 7 – Youth Safety on the Farm
Wednesday, March 8 – Tractor Safety
Thursday, March 9 – Roadway Safety
Friday, March 10 – Grain Bin Safety
Be sure to check out our other blog posts for more safety information!