Beginning July, dairy farms will be subject to surprise visits by inspectors as part of a new program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Feb. 5, 2013 death of a Mexican farm worker killed from being crushed by a faulty auger while working on a small dairy farm in Ithaca, Tompkins County. The death of Mr. Francisco, of Veracruz, Mexico, was one of at least 12 fatalities on New York dairy farms since 2007, with five of those taking place since 2011, according to the Workplace Health and Safety Project at the Rochester-based Worker Justice Center of New York.
The WJCNY in a release Wednesday said it joins like-minded organization, The Workers Center of Central NY (WCCNY), in applauding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new Local Emphasis Program (LEP) program. The program aims to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on dairy farms.