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Let’s keep rural life accident free

September 16, 2016
Farm News

National Farm Safety and Health Week begins Sunday- it's the 73rd consecutive annual observance. This year's theme is "farm safety ... a legacy to be proud of."

According to the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture's central role in Iowa's economy, an emphasis on farm safety is of crucial concern in the Hawkeye State.

Anyone who grew up on a farm or currently lives on one will tell you that the rural life can have pleasures aplenty. The wonders of nature are close at hand. The clean air and exhausting but exhilarating work in the great outdoors become treasured memories as farm kids grow older - especially so, perhaps, when they depart rural life for a more urban setting.

Farms can also be dangerous places for people of all ages. Youngsters, however, can be especially at risk if reasonable precautions aren't taken. That's way keeping the young ones safe should be a top concern for farm families.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued what it characterizes as the "Top 10 Farm Safety Tips for Kids." These are the PDA's important safety admonitions:

The vast majority of tragedies that befall people on farms can be avoided with a little caution and care. Common sense measures are also the key to keeping adults who work in agriculture free from injury. Many of those things that pose risks for young folks can be dangerous for adults who are careless or are inadequately trained for the work they are undertaking.

Any time is a good time to think about safety. It is particularly appropriate, however, during National Farm Safety and Health Week to translate good intentions into concrete actions to enhance safety.



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