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National Farm Safety and Health Week -- September 20-26, 1998

September 20-26 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States; in 1997, an estimated 150,000 workers suffered disabling injuries and approximately 700 workers were killed in agricultural work-related activities. Safety and health education plays an important role in reducing fatalities and injuries on the farm.

This year is the 55th anniversary of National Farm Safety and Health Week, and the theme is "Precision Farming Includes Safety and Health." National Farm Safety and Health Week is an annual activity of the National Safety Council's (NSC) Agricultural Division. During this week and throughout the year, the NSC encourages all U.S. residents to emphasize farm safety and health by using and promoting safe work practices on farms. Additional information about National Farm Safety and Health Week is available from NSC, telephone (800) 621-7615, ext. 2379, or World-Wide Web site,

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