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Rick Worthington Farm Accidents
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: October 06, 2017

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Hard work on the farm won't hurt them, but children are often injured in accidents on farms according to recent studies. Sadly, because of the types of equipment and other items found on farms, accidents come with serious consequences, high costs and sometimes, deaths.

Marsha Salzwedel, is with the the National Farm Medicine Center, and says the are two things farm parents can do to cut the risk of their young children being hurt or being killed on the farm.

"Keep children off of tractors and out of the farm work sites. We see so many children injured, and receive reports with kids that are backed over by Skid Steers and run over by tractors and and they have Gates that fall over them in a barn and if they just simply weren't in that work site it would be much safer for the children because none of those things could happen. It would also be safer for the adults as well because children in the work site actually function as a distraction for adults."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, In 2015, 401 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury.

Transportation incidents, which include tractor overturns, were the leading cause of death for these farmers and farm workers.

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