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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Noting Increase in Farming Fatalities, American Society of Safety Engineers Urge Workers to Use Safety Programs/Precautions Now

The following press release was issued yesterday by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE):

With the farm growing season in full swing and National Farm Safety and Health Week this September 19-25, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers safety and health tips for agriculture workers and employers aimed at helping prevent injuries and illnesses on farms that occur each year. ASSE also provides safety tips aimed at protecting young farmers, who are largely present in the agricultural workforce.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008 approximately 1,818,000 full-time workers were employed in production agriculture. Each day, approximately 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injuries and five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. Most farm-related deaths are caused by machinery, with tractors being the leading cause of these deaths, especially those without rollover protection systems (ROPS).

“Agriculture continues to be one of the most hazardous industries in America,” said Agriculture Practice Specialty Chair and President of the Chesapeake Chapter of ASSE, Mike Wolf. “Agriculture is also the only industry that commonly has children present on-site as both residents on the farm and participants in farm work, exposing them to numerous hazards. It is important that people are aware of proper farm safety practices and how to properly maintain farm equipment to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the agricultural industry. This can help save lives, even children.”

Most farms do not fall under the auspices of OSHA rules and regulations and ASSE urges farmers to train workers, including young farmers, in all aspects of farming and safety. Children are at a high risk of farm-related accidents. Most of the 200­ plus deaths among children on farms result from being innocent bystanders or passengers on farm equipment. Surveys indicate that many farm children are working in dangerous environments by the age of 10. Young farmers can enroll in a local farm safety camp, often sponsored by the local County Extension Service, a university, or Farm Bureau.

To learn more information about agricultural safety and health and to view ASSE’s farm safety facts for rural areas, farm safety and health tips, and farm safety tips for young workers visit www.asse.org/newsroom. For more information about ASSE’s Practice Specialty Agricultural Branch, visit www.asse.org/practicespecialties/ag-safety/.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.

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Anonymous OSHEM Solutions said...

Throughout the developed world, agricultural safety is not getting the attention is so desparately needs.

Any workplace incident is tragic but in a rural setting, an injury or death of a worker is often also an injury or death of a family member.

Improved risk management culture is crucial to the long term environmental, health and safety management of the agricultural industry.

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