Beltway Beef Audio

Date: 9/18/2012

Title: Beltway Beef Audio News

There is plenty going on in Washington, D.C., this week. But we are going to veer away from the Beltway and talk about an unpopular but extremely important topic. This week, Sept. 16-22, is National Farm Safety and Health Week.

Nearly everyone directly or indirectly involved in the farming and ranching business knows someone who has been injured, paralyzed or killed in a farm-or-ranch related accident. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all of agriculture represents the single most dangerous industry with 26.8 deaths per 100,000. All of agriculture also includes forestry, fishing, hunting and more. When we dissect farming and ranching out of the broader group, the profession is the fourth most dangerous career with 41.4 deaths per 100,000.

We need to make safety on the farm and ranch a core value. The possibility of farming and ranching ever being 100 percent safe is out of the question, but being aware of the dangers will allow you to avoid some costly consequences. 

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