Farm Safety...A Legacy to be Proud OfThe Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week will be held September 18-24 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week.
This is the 73rd observance of the National Farm Safety and Health Week that was originally declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt signed the first proclamation for farm safety in 1944 because of the high injury rate in agriculture that was impacting the nation's production efforts during World War II.
Nearly 75 years later agriculture still ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States.
Today, safety professionals use this week to remind those working within the industry to be careful. Agriculture has the highest annual death rates per 100,000 workers in the nation, surpassing all the other industries including mining, construction, and manufacturing. Agriculture's death rate is more than five times higher than all U.S. industries combined. This high death rate is why Iowans must use safe farming practices during harvest and throughout the year.