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Take the Pledge for Ag Safety

Safety in agriculture takes a lifestyle commitment.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor found farming accounted for 500 fatalities, or 23.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. It is well-known that agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, but the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) asserts many ag-related deaths can be prevented through education.

That is why since 1944 the third week in September has been dedicated as National Farm Safety & Health Week. This year’s theme for Safety Week (Sept. 20-26) is “Ag safety is not just a slogan, it’s a lifestyle.” NECAS invites all farmers and ranchers to join in and promote safe and healthy practices on their farms and ranches.

To encourage everyone involved in agriculture to play a role in making the farm or ranch a safety-centered environment, the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) has launched an Ag Safety Pledge Campaign.

The Pledge, which opened Aug. 1 and continues through the end of September, includes a list of 11 safety reminders that can be followed to make ag safety part of one’s lifestyle. Participants pledge to:

Those who sign the pledge may request to receive a personalized certificate showing participation.

In addition to the pledge, NECAS at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Peosta campus will be sponsoring webinars in observance of National Farm Safety & Health Week.

The webinars are offered each day at noon CST and cover the following themes:

  1. Monday — rural roadway;
  2. Tuesday — health;
  3. Wednesday — children’s topics;
  4. Thursday — confined spaces in agriculture; and
  5. Friday — tractor safety.

NECAS also invites everyone to join in for “Ag Chat” on Twitter Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 7-9 pm CST.

As producers enter the harvest season, NECAS reminds everyone to practice safety around livestock and farm equipment.

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