With harvest season approaching, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will offer health and safety tips for farmers and farm workers during National Farm Safety and Health Week, taking place September 18-25, 2011.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that roughly 1,783,000 farm workers were employed full-time in the U.S. in 2009. That same year, 440 farmers and workers died from work-related injuries. Each day, an average of 243 agricultural industry workers suffered injuries that led to lost time.
ASSE said that one of the most important things for farmers to remember is to be fully educated about on-site equipment. With tractor overturns accounting for more than 90 deaths on average every year, learning about equipment and attending farm safety workshops can help to reduce this risk.
Conducting regular inspections and installing Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS) are also important. The use of safety products, including work gloves and safety glasses, can also greatly reduce the risk for farming and harvesting injuries.