Tuesday, September 23, 2014

National Farm Safety & Health Week: "Protecting What Matters" is Sept. 21-27!

The annual National Farm Safety and Health Week will be observed Sept. 21-27, 2014. This year's theme is "Protecting What Matters" and the campaign focuses on promoting awareness of safe farm practices to everyone involved in agriculture and to the general public.

“What matters most is the lives, the health, and the well-being of our families and co-workers,” said Robert Aherin, Extension agricultural safety specialist and professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois. 

Aherin said Illinois averages about 32 deaths related to farm work each year. Resources available online include public service announcements and webinars on moving farm equipment on roads during harvest season, tractor safety, health assessment and prevention programs for agricultural producers, as well as sections on child safety and grain bin entry.