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NICC offers webinars during National Farm Safety & Health Week

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Published: Sep. 8, 2017 at 11:04 AM CDT
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Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week.

In observance, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located at Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Peosta campus, is promoting a series of public service announcements and free webinars to promote farm safety practices, from September 17-23.

NECAS is the agricultural partner for the National Safety Council (NSC) serving the agricultural family and business community since 1997.

The 2017 theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Putting Farm Safety into Practice.”

This year’s theme is one that hits home and reminds us that it is everyone’s responsibility for safety both on the farm and the rural roadways of America.

The new data for the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 570 fatalities, which equals 22.8 deaths per 100,000 workers.

When combining all labor sectors, the death rate is 3.4 percent.

Daily webinars will also be broadcast during the week from 12 - 1 p.m. by the AgriSafe Network at

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Topics during the week include:

Monday - Tractor Safety

Tuesday - Farmer Health

Wednesday - Child/Youth Health and Safety

Thursday - Confined Spaces in Agriculture

Friday - Rural Roadway Safety