The University of Florida has started a new safety-training program aimed at the state’s 200,000 migrant farm workers. UF’s Regional Extention Agent, Cesar Asuaje says the program is being expanded to prevent fatal and nonfatal injuries among the Hispanic population.
“Most of these people have a language barrier where it really limited them to get training through the regular sections through county station offices. So by providing training in their own language we will increase knowledge and safety in pesticide safety and farm safety.”
The one-day, on-the-job training covers topics ranging from operating tractors and other heavy equipment to handling pesticides and avoiding back injuries. Classes to get licensed in applying pest control products will also be offered. The program is held in Collier, Hendry, Manatee and 8 other counties.
Wednesday, 06 July 2005 01:00