Agriculture is a dangerous industry with many areas where one wrong move could end in a fatality. According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation.

Farm-related fatalities across the country are not uncommon. There were 24 in Wisconsin in 2002. There were 20 in Nebraska.

“Obviously, that’s still unacceptable,” said Scott Gunderson, UW-Extension dairy agent.

Gunderson used this week, the National Farm Safety and Health Week, to make his plea to farmers to think and work with safety in mind.

“Depending upon the year, agriculture ranks either first or second as the most dangerous industry. The ag industry, as a whole, needs to do something about it,” he told the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.

Mentioned as trouble spots this year include:

  • silo gases
  • manure handling in confined spaces
  • Children working or playing on tractors

“Some things will happen no matter what,” Gunderson said. But many farm accidents can be avoided.

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter