Impacts of Farm Tractor Safety Training

By Richard Brzozowski, Project Director Maine AgrAbility

ABSTRACT: Offering annual Farm Tractor Safety trainings have been identified as important by farmers who employ youth in southern Maine.  Cooperative Extension has presented an effective 5-session course annually for over 25 years. The course includes classroom sessions, a shop session and tractor operation. For the past ten years, participants have been surveyed to determine impacts.  Every participant reported gaining knowledge and skills in safe tractor operation. Ninety-six percent of the responding participants reported developing a positive safety attitude.  Over 33% became employed or maintained employment as a result of their participation. Not one participant reported being injured since their training.

To read entire article: Journal of the NACAA, ISSN 2158-9429, Volume 8, Issue 1- May 2015