No Kids on Tractors (News Release)

Kids and tractors do not mix.

Tractors are designed for only one operator and no passengers. That rule especially applies to children, whose lighter body weight makes them the first thing to be bumped off a tractor during a rough ride. Children also can distract the driver or limit the operator's vision.

Last year, tractors accounted for three out of every five farm fatalities. Injuries occur when the tractor rolls over, passengers fall off the tractor, or the tractor runs over a bystander. An enclosed cab (with a rollover protective structure) will reduce your chance of injury, but it cannot reduce risk of injury for the extra passenger.

A child may plead for tractor rides, but don't give in. Transport these precious passengers in a car or pick-up truck. The facts show we lose too many children on tractors.

This news release was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: April 1992.

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