Eau Claire (WQOW) – Officials have spent all this week teaching safety courses to keep farmers out of danger on the job.
HSHS St. Joseph’s nurse Regi GeisslertTeaches farm safety to children and teens, emphasizing the importance of using machinery properly.
Geissler said a fatal injury from a tractor roll over, the leading cause of farm deaths, can be avoided by using a seat belt and roll over protective structures.
Geissler also said grain and corn bin accidents can be avoided by wearing a harness, and never going into them alone.
Above all she says to listen to the warnings on equipment because they exist for a reason.
“These things are put into place by the manufacturers and just in general so that we can make sure that we prevent any accidents from happening. Working on the farm is very dangerous,” said Geissler.
Geissler said another concern on any part of the farm is exposure to pesticides and chemicals. She says closed structures should be properly ventilated, and chemicals themselves should be properly handled.