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GOT TEENS? Sign them up for the Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification Course!

January 23, 2013

“We need more tractor safety classes.”     “Do you know where we can sign up for a tractor safety class?”      “We’ve been looking for a tractor safety class…”

When UVM Extension 4-H started theTractor Side Group Youth Farm Safety Project, parents, employers, educators, and farm service providers let us know what they were looking for.  The number one request was tractor safety.  It’s not surprising.  According to the 2010 Journal of the American Medical Association, agriculture has the second highest fatality rate among youth workers.  The leading cause of these fatalities?  Machinery related injury.  Skilled operators of any age need to recognize risks and develop habits that protect themselves and others.

We’ve got a course starting March 2nd.

The Youth Farm Safety Project is partnering with the Environmental Resource Management Program of Randolph Technical Career Center (RTCC) to offer a four-session Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification course for teens 14-19 years old.  This course will provide hands-on instruction for operating tractors over 20 horsepower and other farm equipment.  We’ll cover general farm safety principles and practices and how to recognize and correct potential hazards on the farm.  At the end of the program, participants will take a written test and a driving test for National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation certification.

While the certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14-19, working in agriculture.

Sessions will be held at RTCC, located at 17 Forest St., Randolph, on March 2, 9 and 23 and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration is $60 and covers all sessions, lunches, materials and the testing fee. Scholarships are available.

To register, visit http://www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents.

Want more information?  Contact Kristen Mullins at (802) 656-2034 or email at: kristen.mullins@uvm.edu.

Teens from neighboring states are welcome to participate in the course.

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