This week marks National Farm Safety Week and 10 U.S. Agricultural Centers, with funding from the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will promote safety solutions during National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 20-26), and year round.
The centers have pooled their expertise on a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/USagCenters, featuring 80 videos. The videos can be used by anyone interested in agricultural safety best-practices.
Popular topics include tractor rollovers and heat illness. Five new videos were added recently, including four on needlestick injuries (two Spanish, two English), and one on hearing protection.
Agriculture is among the most hazardous industries, with a work-related death rate of 22.2 deaths per 100,000 workers annually, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, far ahead of transportation (13.1/100,000) and mining (12.3/100,000).
The ag centers were established by Congress in 1990 in response to evidence that agricultural workers were suffering substantially higher rates of occupational injury and illness than other U.S. workers.