Farm Safety Is No Accident

| October/November 1991

1408 N. Van Buren, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Did you know that 100 years ago a 1-year-old child had only a 50-50 chance of reaching adulthood? Scarlet fever, diphtheria and other diseases took the lives of many children. Now, a 1-year-old child has an excellent chance of growing up-if he does not have a bad accident. Accidents cause more deaths to persons between the ages of 15 and 24 than all other causes combined.

In 1968 the Iowa legislature passed a law requiring 14- and 15-year-olds who work off their parents farm doing certain hazardous jobs to have 20 hours of classroom training, plus demonstrating ability to operate a tractor with a two wheel trailed implement on a course similar to 4H Tractor Operator's Contest. These hazardous jobs include the following:

1.  Handling and applying chemicals.

2. Handling or using explosives.

3. Serving as a flagman for spray planes.