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Sept.18-24 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wants farmers to focus their attention on potential slips and falls, which can be linked to serious injuries.
This is the time of year when oversized, tall equipment such as portable grain augers and combines are moved from place to place on the farmstead, ISU Extension and Outreach wants to remind everyone to look up and avoid contact with power lines to prevent farm injuries and deaths.
Agriculture still ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States, which is why Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 17-23 is held in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week.
Most ATV and UTV injury events involve rolling and pinning or crushing the victim. Adding a liquid tank to an ATV or UTV changes the center of gravity, making the vehicle more top-heavy and easier to roll over.
Nearly every year, Iowa experiences at least one grain suffocation. So it should not be a surprise that one of the Farm Safety and Health Week messages has a focus on grain safety.
The leading causes of agricultural fatalities are tractor overturns, runovers and collisions. The tragedy is that the majority of these are preventable with the addition of rollover protective structures, using safe tractor practices and adequate marking.
The Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week will be held Sept. 15-21 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s national theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.”
During National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21, as well as during fall harvest and the year to come, please persuade others to keep children safe by not allowing extra riders on tractors.
There is an increase in farm vehicle traffic on Iowa roadways during harvest. So, it is not surprising that this is the time of year when there are also more agricultural collisions on highways and county roads.
A leading cause of agriculture fatalities is rollovers of tractors without rollover protective structures. Even more heartbreaking is knowing that the majority of these accidents are preventable.