Farm safety will be a point of discussion at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in London, Ohio. Megan Buechner, the Ohio Farm Safety 4 Just Kids outreach coordinator, will present various farm safety topics to the group in the Cargill booth.
According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the nation’s most dangerous industry. Nearly one year ago a 10-year-old in Mercer County died of suffocation in a grain wagon. Three months later, a 16-year-old Darke County boy died after a piece of his clothing caught in a piece of machinery.
“The tragedies in Ohio the past year have really stressed the importance of farm safety, especially for kids,” Buechner said. “They don’t always see things on the farm as potentially dangerous.”
September 18-24 is National Farm Safety and Health Week and serves to raise awareness of the dangers in rural areas. Wednesday, Sept. 21 is devoted to farm safety for youth.
Education efforts by Buchner and Farm Safety 4 Just Kids are making a difference. The rate of farm accidents involving youth has declined by nearly 60% since 1998, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Educating the next generation is an important step in continuing the decline.
Buechner will address machinery safety, including tractors and wagons, as well as the hazards of grain. Youth visiting the booth will be able to make solar bead bracelets that help children understand the potential danger of the sun.
Learn more about farm safety. Visit the Molly Caren Agricultural Center Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids was founded over 20 years ago by Marilyn Adams after the death of her son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. The organization promotes a safe farm environment to prevent injuries and death by educating our youth. For more information, visit www.fs4jk.org.