Green Cross Safety Advocate Award

Progressive Agriculture Foundation Earns
Green Cross for Safety Advocate Award

Recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, Progressive Agriculture Foundation's Progressive Agriculture Safety Days provide education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. The organization has impacted more than 1.7 million children and adults since 1995.

In 2017, the program was revitalized over 18 months, thanks to project funding by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health grant. The Creating Enduring Resources for Farm Safety Education project assisted with the creation of more than 25 digital resources to help trainers with prop development and utilization. Training materials were developed in the following topic areas: disability awareness, power take-off, rollover and seatbelts, animal safety, water safety, grain safety, ATV safety, hearing safety, silage safety, sun safety, personal protective equipment and reflectivity.

In 2018, nearly 400 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days were offered in 38 states, eight Canadian provinces and the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

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Maryland State Police Professional Development Unit

In 2017, the Maryland State Police Professional Development Unit began presenting the ALERRT Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program to civilian groups. The first year, the PDU presented to 53 groups, reaching 2,504 citizens. In 2018, the program expanded dramatically (more than 120%). It reached 5,514 citizens through 97 in-person presentations to public and private sector organizations throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Additionally, the PDU partnered with Maryland State Employees Risk Management Association and Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company to develop and launch an online CRASE training course that enabled accessibility to another 30,000 state employees on demand.

University of Central Florida, Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty

For the past 15 years, Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty and his Transportation Safety Team at the University of Central Florida have been studying and developing ways to use big data to devise means to intervene in real-time to hazardous traffic conditions. Dr. Aty and his team have published more than 500 papers since 2003, influencing traffic safety around the world. For example, implementation of these ideas has led to a 50% reduction in crashes on the E4 motorway south of Stockholm. The techniques proposed by Dr. Aty and his team have been instrumental in changing the paradigm of road safety from reactive to proactive, and alleviating crash risk in real-time utilizing pro-active traffic management strategies.


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