The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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September 17, 2013

NC celebrates Farm Safety and Health Week with program grant

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — As fall harvest gathers momentum, the N.C. Agromedicine Institute encourages North Carolina farm families to focus on farm health and safety during National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21. The institute’s mission is to develop solutions for agricultural hazards, collaborate on strategies for preventing injury and illness, and work with communities to promote health and safety through its research, education and intervention programs.

The N.C. Agromedicine Institute — a partnership of N.C. State University, East Carolina University, N.C. A&T State University — collaborates with many state and community partners. This week, the institute’s community of safety and health researchers and educators urges farmers, farmworkers and their families to take time to recognize hazards in their workplace and take steps to reduce risks.

The theme for farm safety week — “Working Together for Safety in Agriculture” – reminds us that safety on farms is everyone’s responsibility. U.S. Department of Labor statistics show the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 475 fatalities or 21.2 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared Sept. 15-21 to be Farm Safety and Health Week in North Carolina. To read the governor’s proclamation, visit:

p1.governor.nc.gov/newsroom/proclamation/20130915/farm-safety-and-health-week

North Carolina offers several farm safety programs, including AgriSafe of N.C. and Certified Safe Farm programs, which recently received an N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission grant of $300,000 to expand the program.

Based on an award-winning 2012 pilot program in Duplin, Johnston and Sampson counties, also funded by the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, the new project will bring AgriSafe health services and Certified Safe Farm on-farm safety reviews to more counties across the state. The grant will support N.C. Cooperative Extension agents in conducting on-farm safety reviews and will enable AgriSafe of N.C. and local health providers to conduct comprehensive health screenings of farmers and farmworkers.

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