Central Virginia Farm Bureaus Host Safety Day in Scottsville
Central Virginia farm bureaus are working together to promote safety for farmers working the land.
Chain saws, ATVs, and farming equipment can be dangerous, and even deadly, when not used properly - that's why the bureaus hosted a farm safety day near Scottsville.
"Be safe because the cost of one life is tremendous and a little bit of prevention is all you need," said John Thompson, who helped organize event.
Prevention was the theme of Saturday's farm safety day event in Scottsville. Five different stations were set up – four-wheeler, chainsaw, hauling, fire and tractor safety.
Thompson says there have been several accidents in central Virginia in the past year because of ATVs, and he says you don't have to be driving dangerously. Many accidents happen when the driver is loading or unloading the four-wheeler onto a trailer and it flips.
George Goin with the Fluvanna County Farm Bureau said, "You cannot move that four-wheeler off of you once you get it on top of you. It weighs 600-1,000 pounds and you cannot move it."
The Fork Union Fire Department taught participants how to think about fire safety in a farm setting.
Thompson said, "How can I look at my facility and determine where the issues or dangers might be and how to prevent them."
Farmers with decades of experience and future farmers all took away a safety lesson.
"Any activity we take or we participate in could and can be dangerous and we need to learn about how to safely participate whether it's recreational activities with a four-wheeler or whether it's on the farm with large tractors and round balers," Thompson said.
The farm bureaus hope to host another safety training day in the spring.
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