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.