National Farm Safety & Health Week

It’s the first day of fall, and National Farm Safety & Health Week.

Harvest season in the Corn Belt is peak time for accidents involving farm children, and the University of Missouri Extension reports that accidents related to riding on or driving tractors and ATVs are the two most common types of farm accidents involving children or young people. A health and safety specialist says children should never be allowed to ride as extra passengers on tractors, lawn mowers or other farm equipment, and should not be allowed to operate a tractor unless they are mature enough, have the physical capability. Also, all tractors should be fitted with a rollover protection structure.

ATV accidents involving youth are often caused because they are riding without protective gear, have more than one person on the machine, or are too small for the ATV. Find more tips on the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website: www.necasag.org.