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Governor Proclaims September 17-23 as Farm Safety Week
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/15/2017

In an effort to remind farmers and motorists to be extra careful during the harvest season, Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 17-23 as Wisconsin Farm Safety and Health Week. A certificate of observance signed by the governor states that people who work on farms face a high death rate--with more than 25 people losing their lives each year because of injuries and fatal incidents on the farm; or on rural roadways while the crops are being hauled in from the fields.

"Wisconsin's farmers, farm workers and family members work tirelessly to support and provide the crop, dairy, livestock and energy products that fuel the state's agriculture and food sector," Walker stated in his proclamation. "Farms can be made safer through greater awareness of the dangers of farming and specific actions to identify and eliminate hazards."

The National Safety Council says the fatality rate on farms is six times higher than the combined average for all U.S. workers. And the agency reports that some type of injury occurs on almost one in five Wisconsin farms each year, with more than 80 percent requiring medical attention.

"We're fortunate here in Wisconsin to have many individuals involved in a variety of safety and health programs," said Cheryl Skjolaas, University of Wisconsin-Extension agricultural safety specialist at UW-Madison. "Partnerships are key, including credible agriculture experts working with local health professionals and other farmers who are leaders in the community are a powerful and much-needed combination."

Farm safety specialists recommend that operators equip farm machines with proper safety devices, use personal protection equipment and provide supervision for all those who work on farms.

For 74 years, the U.S. has recognized the importance of farm safety and health during the month of September.

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