Forum to highlight preventing farm accidents, injuries

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Workers and families in farm-related businesses and other agricultural occupations can learn how to make their farms safer at the Agricultural Safety and Health Forum.

The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52 West, West Lafayette. The program's goal is to demonstrate through interactive presentations and activities how farm-related injuries affect families. Target audiences include farmers, FFA and 4-H groups, emergency response personnel, farm media and public health workers.

Sessions will include a simulated grain bin rescue, tractor rollover extrication, overhead power line safety demonstration and on-site landing of an IU Health LifeLine helicopter. Participants also can view displays such as a farm hazard hunt and information on use of assistive technology to compensate for disabilities.

There is no cost to attend the event, but participants must register by Sept. 14. Lunch, refreshments, materials and prizes will be provided at no extra cost. For more information or to register, contact Kylie Hendress at 765-494-6679 or khendres@purdue.edu

Limited funding for transportation costs is available to FFA chapters bringing groups of five or more.

The forum is hosted by the Purdue Agricultural Safety and Health Program and the Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council.



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