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Checklists can help lower farm fatalities

The outreach specialist for the National Farm Medicine Center says that following a safety checklist can cut down on farm fatalities.

Melissa Ploeckelman tells Brownfield NFMC has a joint program with the Upper Midwest Safety and Health Center that creates checklists for farmers to use once a month to be more aware of farm safety.

“It makes them [farmers] think about safety every month,” Ploeckelman said. “And it creates a discussion about safety on different areas of the farm.”

Ploeckelman said these checklists are not meant to be the only farm safety tool but help to keep safety in the minds of farmers.

She said the top three causes for farm fatalities are machinery accidents (tractor rollovers, PTO accidents), motor vehicle accidents and drowning in things such as grain bins and manure pits.

The checklists include child, silo, skid steer and ATV safety. They can be found on the National Farm Medicine Center’s website.

Melissa Ploeckelman Interview

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