Death of 3-year-old serves as reminder for better farm safety

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A tragic farm accident in central Wisconsin has claimed the life of a three-year-old boy.

The boy was killed when he fell from a bucket on a skid-steer driven by his seven-year-old brother and was run over.

The seven-year-old brother often ran the machine during farm chores, according to news reports. Read more.  

Besides the human tragedy, this is significant for a couple of reasons:

  • Skid-steer loaders are responsible for more than their share of farm fatalities. In one spate of accidents between Feb. 11 and Feb. 28 this year, four people across the United States were killed in farm accidents involving the machinery. Safety officials urge caution. Read more.
  • The U.S. Labor Department was about to crack down on the types of jobs children can perform on farms ― and the type of machinery they can use ― but decided in late April to scrap the proposal. Read more.

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OH  |  May, 15, 2012 at 09:38 AM

If you wonder why the gov wants to crack down on what things a child can do on farms, here is a prime example. Stupid parents. They let a 7 year old run a skid steer? Extremely dumb. Now there are far more parents that wouldn't let a child do this, but we need to protect the children of these dumb parents.

Thom Katt    
Midwest  |  May, 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM

Thank you for the article. A reminder is always good. But it isn't enough, for a topic this important. Give me resources. Where can I got to find a safety training program that I can use with my kids and farm workers? Are there any organizations that offer hands on trainging locally? Where do I go for help to develop a safety culture on my farm so that everyone is part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Tom Quaife    
kansas  |  May, 16, 2012 at 08:13 AM

Under bullet point No. 1, there is a hyperlink to an article that gives resources.

Crane Operator Training in Brisbane    
Australia  |  December, 25, 2012 at 05:49 AM

You have used the word “Batlow” and “Tumbarumba” in your post. Are these the name of communities?


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