Tractor safety course held at Labette County High School - KOAM TV 7

Tractor safety course held at Labette County High School

Farm accidents are the highest cause of child deaths in the state of Kansas.

That's why officials with the Kansas State Wildcat Extension District are offering hazardous occupation training to students.

Nearly 14 students, ages 12 through 16, attended a tractor safety course this morning at Labette County High School.

While the focus was mainly on tractor use, safety tips on working with other farm machinery and livestock were also given.

Topics ranged from dealing with engine problems, to reading labels closely and avoiding leaving the keys within reach of a younger sibling.

Instructors of the course are hopeful the students will share what they have learned with their families, and potentially save lives.

"One death is too many," said Josh Coltrain, instructor. "If what our training does prevents that from happening, that would be great."

"The warning labels, I didn't really ever look at them, but now I'm going to make sure I read every one of them," said Tate Volmer, 6th grader.

Students still need to get supervised approval operating the machinery on site.

They can then receive final certification from the extension center to work on farms in Crawford, Labette and Montgomery counties.
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