Grant will help keep migrant workers safe

ROCHESTER — Farmworker Legal Services of New York has been awarded a federal grant to provide safety training to migrant workers throughout Western New York.

 

The $140,000 grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is part of the $10.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants awarded to nonprofit and community/faith-based groups, business and trade associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities, according to a press release.

The grants support in-person, hands-on training and educational programs for workers and employers in industries with high injury and fatality rates as well small business employers and workers who are young, have low literacy or limited English proficiency.

With the funds, Farmworker Legal Services will provide awareness training about heat exposure, eye safety, slips and falls, ergonomics, farm equipment safety and chemical hazard for difficult-to-reach farmworkers.

More information is available on OSHA’s website at www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.

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