A family and community are left mourning after a five-year-old girl was killed on Wednesday in a tragic accident on a Dickinson County, Kan., farm.
KSAL News reports that the girl was riding in the cab of a combine with her father while harvesting soybeans. The combine hit a bump, causing the windshield to shatter and the child to fall out.
No one else was injured in the incident. Read more here.
Many universities, experts and groups have a plethora of advice to stay safe using agriculture machinery, especially during harvest. Farm machinery causes 85 percent of all machinery-related deaths to children, making the need to balance experience with safety is essential.
One of the basic safety measures recommended when operating farm equipment – follow the “one seat, one rider” rule.
Here are just some of the many resources available:
- Farm safety tips from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Helpful harvest reminders on farm safety from the Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune
- How to make farm safety a valued family tradition from Mississippi State University
- Advice to keep children safe on the farm from the New York State Department of Health