President Trump has proclaimed September 15-21, 2019 National Farm Safety and Health Week. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways of America, according to the USDA.
“America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers work hard to feed our nation and the world,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “Farming is not always the safest profession and it is our responsibility to continue to improve workplace safety and pursue initiatives that create healthier work environments. They must also have access to innovative technologies and production practices to protect themselves and their employees,” continued Perdue. “Promoting Farm Safety will help our American agriculture workforce to continue producing the healthiest, safest, most affordable, and most abundant food supply on earth.”
This week presents an opportunity to spread awareness of the inherent risks associated with work in the agriculture sector and commit to improved practices that advance the health and safety of farm and ranch operators, their family members, and their hired workers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 581 workers in agriculture and related industries died from a work-related injury in 2017, making agriculture one of the most dangerous professions in the United States.
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety is providing informative Webinars each day of the week. Each day of National Farm Safety & Health Week has a theme as follows:
Monday, Sept. 16 - Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
Thursday, Sept.19 - Confined Spaces in Agriculture
Friday, Sept. 20 - Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
“During National Farm Safety and Health Week, we recognize the importance of the health and safety of our Nation’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters,” said President Trump in his proclamation. “These hardworking Americans and their families endure long, strenuous hours of labor to provide for the American people and the world. We recommit to the wellbeing of all agricultural workers by pursuing initiatives that improve their work environments.”