Last week, OSHA supported the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety’s National Farm Safety and Health Week September 21st-27th. The theme was: “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters” and focused on both preventable deaths and injuries as well as typical language barriers in the industry. Farm work employs more than 2 million people nationwide and has a fatality rate of 22.2 per 100,000 workers, the highest of any industry. OSHA noted that safety in heavy industry farming such as the production of grain continues to be lacking; 2010 saw the highest recorded level of grain engulfment deaths ever at 26 individual fatalities.
Read the full release from OSHA here.