CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Sept. 4, 2002
(Photo: Marilyn Adams with a photo of her son)
I-CASH selects first-ever Hall of Fame Award recipients
Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has selected two Iowans
as the first-ever recipients of the I-CASH Agricultural Safety and Health
Hall of Fame Award.
Marilyn Adams, founder and president of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, and L.
W. (Pete) Knapp, professor emeritus of Occupational and Environmental Health
in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will be honored at a public
ceremony to be held at 2:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, in the 4-H Auditorium
at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Governor Tom Vilsack will present
the awards and sign a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 15-21 as Iowa
Farm Safety and Health Week.
The I-CASH awards were created to recognize individuals or organizations
that have made a significant contribution to agricultural safety and health.
I-CASH is headquartered at the UI College of Public Health and is a joint
venture of the UI, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health,
and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The judges were unanimous in their selection based on the substantial and
long-term contribution and dedication of the awardees to the agricultural
safety and health community, said Kelley Donham, D.V.M., director of I-CASH
and professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of
Iowa College of Public Health.
"Marilyn Adams stands out for her impassioned efforts on behalf of
protecting our nation's children on farms, and Dr. Pete Knapp has given a
lifetime to Iowa's agricultural safety and health community," Donham
said. "It is with great pleasure that we recognize the work of these
two dedicated individuals.
"Through their efforts, they have brought about positive changes in
the agricultural industry and to the mind-set of rural America. They have
focused national and international attention on the issue of agricultural
safety and made these injuries and deaths unacceptable," he added.
After the death of her son Keith in a gravity flow wagon, Adams felt she
had been given a mission to prevent such a tragedy from happening to another
family. She founded Farm Safety 4 Just Kids in 1987 to protect children from
the hazards of agriculture, primarily by providing resources and training
to individual and communities to conduct farm safety awareness and education
programs for youngsters.
The organization now is recognized as the leading source of information
on childhood farm safety issues. The numbers of children injured or killed
in agriculture have been reduced, in great part due to Adams and Farm Safety
4 Just Kids. The organization has chapters throughout the United States and
Canada and can be visited online at www.fs4jk.org.
Knapp has dedicated his life to the field of agricultural safety both nationally
and internationally. In 1959, he joined the Institute for Agricultural Medicine,
then a relatively new organization at the UI. He served as principal investigator
of the Kellogg Foundation grant to develop the institute, which is now known
as the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health.
Throughout his career, Knapp focused on the identification and prevention
of injuries and illnesses related to agriculture, and worked on the design
and redesign of farm machinery to prevent accidents. His accomplishment include
identifying a mechanical defect in a corn picker, resulting in the recall
and correction of the machine by the manufacturer, and redesigning the power
take-off shaft, which now is used by most manufacturers to prevent hundreds
of serious injuries and deaths. Knapp also has developed theories and applications
of the manmachineenvironment approach to in-depth injury investigations.
For more information about the award ceremony, visit www.public-health.uiowa.edu
or contact Eileen Fisher at (319) 335-4224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.