September 17-23 is Farm Safety Week

This is a very special week. Earlier this year I sponsored House Resolution 268 which declares September 17th through the 23rd as Farm Safety Week in Illinois. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry.

The agriculture sector is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. Each year the farming profession sees over 500 fatalities nationwide. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most farm-related injuries and deaths are caused by tractor overturns, but additional injuries stem from grain storage facilities and any number of other hazards.

We also use this week to remind motorists to be careful while sharing the road with farm vehicles. Farm vehicle operators have limited visibility to the rear, so be patient and give them some extra room on the roadways.

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We hope that everyone has a safe and bountiful harvest!