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Updated: October 11, 2017
Rural farm children learn about agricultural work through observation and participation. Attractive nuisances often exist when young children become attracted to a situation not realizing or understanding the potential dangers. Childhood deaths can be attributed to being run over by an agricultural vehicle or being an extra passenger on an agricultural tractor, skid steer, etc. Children are at risk when they enter into any workspace where the tractor, a farm truck or hauler, skid steer, or lift truck is being used. The blind spots to the side and to the rear of these machines, along with the operator preoccupied by work duties, can combine to cause a fatal situation for children and other bystanders.
To understand the dangers of blind spots related to agricultural machinery and vehicle operation.
Figure 1: Circle of Chairs
We have provided a one page evaluation which has been designed to be used with participants after each lesson. The answer key is offered below.
Murphy, D. & Harshman, W. (2015) Skid-steer safety for farm and landscape. Penn State Extension.