Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the country, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The National Coalition for Ag Safety and Health have identified tractor accidents as the leading cause of deaths and disabling injuries on farms. Tractors cause from one-third to one-half of all farm accidents and fatalities.
Most of these accidents can be prevented with adequate safety education. In addition, federal law requires those driving tractors for hire to be at least 16 years old. An exception is if they are 14 or 15 years old and have completed a safety course like this one.
To help our farmers and ranchers develop safe farm machinery habits, the Farm Machinery Safety Workshop developed by WSU Skagit County Extension is coming to King County Friday, April 14, 2017, 9am to 5pm! Includes classroom and hands-on instruction. Those completing the entire course successfully will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Course instruction in Spanish will be available.
We’ll be in the Sammamish Valley near Woodinville for the all-day, intensive workshop. We’ll start at 21 Acres 13701 NE 171st St, Woodinville to go over the basic safety considerations and rules, then move to a nearby farm for hands-on training with a variety of tractors.
Course sponsors include WSU Extension, King Conservation District, and King County.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights.
Enrollment is limited and spaces fill quickly! Advance registration is required and due no later than April 11, 2017. Cost of the workshop is $75 per person.
Register online at TractorSafety.eventbrite.com. Course happens rain or shine. Dress for the weather and bring a brown bag lunch.
For more details on the course itself, contact WSU Skagit County Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 428-4270 ext. 225. For registration information, contact Kate Ryan, email@example.com, (425) 357-6024.
WSU Skagit County’s Director Don McMoran, along with their Small Farm Educator Kate Smith and 4-H Youth Coordinator Dorothy Elsner will be our instructors. The Skagit County team have been offering the bilingual course to excellent reviews for the past several seasons.