News Release USDL: 96-398
Monday, September 23, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
Publications Office: (202) 219-4667
OSHA Promotes Farm Safety Week, September 21-27
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) strongly supports Farm Safety Week, Sept. 21-27.
"Year after year, agriculture continues to rank
as one of the most hazardous occupations, with
775 deaths and 100,000 injuries and illnesses,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,"
said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational
Safety and Health Joseph A. Dear. "There are
certain steps that farmers and their families
can take to abate the hazards that are causing
these deaths, injuries and illnesses."
Make sure that your farm tractor has a
rollover protective structure and that you
use seat belts while the tractor is in operation.
Make sure that your machinery has guards.
Unplug the machinery before unclogging or servicing
it, and make sure that guards are replaced after
Review material safety data sheets and
labels that come with chemical products and
communicate information concerning hazards
to your workers.
Conduct periodic safety checks in and
around buildings and lots and remove or
protect hazardous materials. Not only is
a well-maintained place safer, it also makes
Take necessary precautions to avoid
entrapment and suffocation caused by unstable
surfaces of grain storage bins, silos or hoppers.
Be aware that methane gas, carbon dioxide,
ammonia and hydrogen sulfide can be present
in unventilated grain silos and manure pits
in quantities sufficient to cause asphyxiation
A safer, more healthful workplace provides such
benefits as lower worker compensation premiums
and medical costs, increased production, and
A single free copy of an OSHA Program Highlight
on Farm Safety may be obtained by sending a
self-addressed label to the U.S. Department
of Labor, OSHA/OSHA Publications, P.O. Box
37535 Washington, DC 20013-7535. Telephone
(202) 219-4667, fax (202) 219-9266.