Machinery

Farming safety goes a long way by preventing tragedy

With a fatality rate ranked sixth among all industries, accidents with tractors cause about half of those fatalities, agricultural safety specialist James Carrabba told an audience of about 30 farmers and first responders Saturday at the Washington County Farm Bureau Safety Day.

“In farming, a lot of things are out of your control,” such as weather and crop prices, Carrabba said. “But safety is under your control.” Rollover protection systems (ROPS) and seatbelts on tractors, for example, are 99 percent effective in preventing deaths when a tractor goes over, he said.