Farm Bureau Reminds Us of Family During Farm Safety & Health Week
National Farm Safety & Health Week is September 18-24, and with that comes an important message along with this year’s theme: Farm Safety… a Legacy to be Proud of.”
Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus in Illinois are joining the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety to bring the subject to light.
“The theme serves as a reminder that it’s up to us to teach our children and grandchildren to use good safety sense on the farm,” Peggy Romba, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Program Manager, reminds us. “This is one of the most important things we can do for them. From generation to generation, farmers learn from those who have gone before them,” she adds.
Romba also points out that if safety starts in the home, then educating agricultural families can have a huge impact on the community and its business. “Entire families are often active in farming, especially on smaller farms that aren't bound by federal and state OSHA regulations. This puts more children, women and seniors at risk than in any other field of work.”
Dr. Robert Aherin, Professor, Ag Safety & Health Program Leader at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said, “In 2015, we had the lowest number of farm deaths in Illinois than we have had for some time, with 11. Our average for the past 20 years has been about 31 deaths per year.” He also pointed out that there were no farm-related grain bin deaths. “Farmers should give themselves a pat on the back, and continue to do what they are doing in taking farm safety seriously. This is proof it is making a difference.”
Do you have a safety plan? Do you do safety checks on your farm regularly? Do your tractors have seat belts and rollover protection? Do you use them?
Please take the time to review safety steps with your family and employees. Don’t leave farm safety to chance. Teaching by example is the safest way to work.
Contact your county Farm Bureau for more information on farm safety.