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(Posted Mon. Sep 19th, 2011)
Sept. 19: This week marks National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion, which has been proclaimed by every president since 1944, highlights the importance of exercising proper caution on farms. To commemorate this week as harvest begins, the National Corn Growers Association has posted farm safety information on its website, featuring a grain bin safety video and links to other resources providing on-farm safety information.
“While on-farm safety should be a priority every day, it is important to set aside a special time to remind and update our neighbors, our families and ourselves on proper safety procedures,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “NCGA hopes to provide farmers with vital information that can, when implemented, greatly reduce the possibility of tragic accidents such as those involving grain bins.”
To better explain safety procedures and highlight the tragic nature of grain bin accidents, NCGA, in conjunction with the National Grain and Feed Association, released a special video earlier this year. Shot on location in several states, it provides a wide range of information from prevention tips and background data on grain bin accidents. Additionally, the video includes interviews with professionals in the fields of grain bin safety research and rescue.
“In 2010 we saw a record number of farmers becoming engulfed in grain bins and we decided it was time to have a proactive role in creating awareness about the serious nature of this issue,” Schott said upon the video’s release. “We hope that this video makes farmers stop and think twice before the next time they put themselves in danger.”
To visit NCGA’s safety page, click here.