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Nebraska Extension offers tractor and ATV safety course

Nebraska Extension offers tractor and ATV safety course at five locations across the state.
Nebraska Extension offers tractor safety course at five locations across the state.
Nebraska Extension offers tractor safety course at five locations across the state.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 8:15 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Agriculture is the Nebraska’s number one industry. However, it’s also the most hazardous

According to the CDC, tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatal accident on farms. Their latest figures show 416 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury in 2017. The University of Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are hoping to reduce that number with a tractor and ATV safety course.

Federal law currently prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm.

“We’re losing lots of folks on ATV not only in the ag community but even in our urban communities,” said Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Outreach Coordinator Ellen Duysen.

The two-day course also highlights on the importance of using personal protective equipment, or PPE.

“If you have livestock you can imagine all of the other hazards,” Duysen said. “So we’ve been talking about respirators for years and I think now because of the pandemic people have a better understanding of these. We are also very aware that right now it’s hard to get some of the respirators in agriculture that they need. The N-95′s and things so we’re talking about some alternatives too.”

Due to the pandemic the training was reduced to five sites across the state. Similar trainings will be held in Grand Island on Thursday and in Weeping Water on Friday.

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