Every day in the U.S. about 100 agricultural workers become injured while on the field.
“We know that farm accidents happen and they happen frequently,” said Paige Brummund extension agent at NDSU Extension Center.
Just last year, a 3 year old boy died in a tractor accident in Bottineau County when he fell out of the cab and was run over by the left rear tires.
and that’s why this group of kids is here today.
“We can take our youth, bring them here to point out some of the hazards that are on farms and around tractors,” said Brummund.
The goal is to make them think twice and slow down while their on the farm.
“We talked about augers. we talked about pinch points on tractors and where you are in a bad position to get hurt we talked about reaction time how you might think you could get out of the way before something happens but our reaction times just aren’t as quick as the machinery that we’re working on,” said Brummund.
These young farmers already handle some of the equipment they learned about.
“I run the auger sometimes, I run the trap and truck sometimes,” said 10-year-old Owen Inman.
But they know the importance of learning what kind of safety goes along with the handling the equipment.
“If you don’t learn you might try it and if you try it you could kill yourself,” said 10-year-old Gabe Scherusky.
Safety doesn’t just revolve around heavy machinery— learning about chemicals and other substances used on the field are essential.
“I didn’t know that gas could travel straight up even though you don’t have to put it straight to it,” said Scherusky.
One thing they all left with was the idea that safety is key, and that might just be all the difference