By providing their students with safety training, educators gain the satisfaction of knowing they have educated their students academically and improved their students' safety and employability.







October 27, 2017 - CareerSafe’s 2nd annual National Young Worker Ag Safety Event, held at the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN, celebrated the achievements of agriculture students and educators while raising awareness of ag-specific injuries. The FFA Convention had more than 40,000 attendees, with 5,000 students, teachers, advisors and parents stopping by the Ag Safety booth area to learn more about the importance of safety in agriculture.

The National Young Worker Ag Safety Event included participation from over nine partners. Safety in Agriculture (SAY) project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, led the event, which also included members from AgrAbility, Agrisafe, Ag Health Central States, CareerSafe Online, Grain Handling Safety Coalition, Kentucky Proud, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Nebraska Extension, Penn State Extension, Progressive Agriculture and The Ohio State University – CFAES. Each organization provided a hands-on activity for students to complete, ranging from a tractor rollover demonstration to an “I Spy the Hazard” game, allowing them an interactive opportunity to learn about safety in agriculture.

“This is a great opportunity for us to not only tell our story about our program, but to also stress the safety that these kids who are just getting into farming can hopefully remember when they’re out there,” Linda Tarr, Coordinator for Indiana AgrAbility, said.

All of the organizations offered the chance for educators to win several copies of their safety curriculum. The teachers greatly appreciated the engagement, enjoyment and education that the event provided for their students.

“My students came back yesterday to the hotel talking about the [Ag Health Central State’s] ATV safety booth and going through here and seeing all the different exhibits, and they were really excited about it,” Amelia County FFA Advisor Margaret Jones said. “When I came today, I knew I wanted to get more information on it to expand and do things like this in our chapter.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), more than two million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards each year. By developing students’ safety and health knowledge of real occupational settings, CareerSafe and SAY hope to contribute to creating a culture of safety both inside the classroom and outside in the workforce.

“At this event, over 2,000 agriculture students signed the CareerSafe Ag Safety Pledge Banner, promising to embrace safety and health awareness and practices in their schools, workplace, homes and communities,” CareerSafe founder and CEO Dr. Larry D. Teverbaugh said. “It is our mission to help lower the injuries and fatalities of young people working in agriculture. We are proud to advocate for establishing agriculture safety and health practices early in a young person’s life.”