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September 29, 2014 (*Administrative Office)
IAS, Monticello- Thatcher Block, Director of Safety and Compliance attended a rescue demonstration at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, located on the campus of Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, helped kick-off National Farm Safety and Health Week on Monday, September 22. The day began with a live radio broadcast featuring Mike Adams of AgriTalk, followed by KDTH Radio’s Good Neighbor Show.
A controlled extrication took place in a grain bin simulator with NECAS instructors Dan Neenan and Brad Kruse along with Thatcher Block, IAS Director of Safety & Compliance, performing the rescue in front of an audience of 50 people. The intent of the event, that also included manure pit rescue and auger extrication, is education. Dan Neenan, center director, cited 479 fatalities in agriculture nationally for 2013 – 20.2 deaths per 100,000 workers – making agriculture the most dangerous industry in the United States, 100 people younger than 18 were killed in farming accidents.
The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week is, “Safety Counts – Protecting What Matters” and the purpose is to promote safety 52 weeks of the year to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities among farmers, their families and employees. Harvest season is here and we want it to be a bountiful but safe season for everyone.