September 19, 2021
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – This month, COUNTRY Financial® joins the National Education Center for Agriculture Safety (NECAS) and other organizations across the country to raise awareness of the risks associated with working in agriculture and promoting safe and healthy practices through the harvest season and beyond. The agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 574 fatalities, which equals 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, according to 2018 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.
“Farmers face many dangerous situations throughout the year, not the least of which is maneuvering large equipment from field to field throughout the harvest season,” said Eric Vanasdale, Loss Control Supervisor for COUNTRY Financial. “It’s up to all of us to ensure safe roadways. Rural motorists are encouraged to give themselves a few extra minutes for travel during the harvest season so they can slow down to keep our farmers and families safe. It is easy to miscalculate the equipment’s slower speed as you approach it on the road in a faster moving vehicle.”
National Farm Safety and Health Week runs from Sept. 19-25 with daily themes to accompany the general safety theme.
Safety tips for farmers
Safety tips for drivers
Farm families experience frequent stress as they participate in operations that are active 24/7. As family farms are handed down to new generations, younger farmers have likely not experienced layered stresses and should seek assistance in coping. Many COUNTRY Financial Representatives and Insurance Agents often deliver meals in the field and check on their clients during this busy time of year. Family members and friends can also help step up and be the eyes and ears that can step in and provide food, operational safety reminders, and provide a needed break or help ensure quiet time for needed rest.