Sept. 17, 2013
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) has recognized Sept. 15-21 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This week is used to promote awareness of safety and health practices on farms and ranches across the U.S. as producers enter the harvest season. The 2013 theme is “Working Together for Safety in Agriculture.”
The theme helps remind everyone of the importance of safety both on the farm and on the rural roadways. While the rate of fatalities in agriculture continues to decline, it still remains the highest of any industry sector.
According to the Department of Labor, the agriculture sector accounted for 475 fatalities in 2012, which equals 21.2 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.