Washington Co., WI – Does your son or daughter work on a farm during the summer? Do you hire youth to work for you during the year? Do these young people have adequate safety training?
To help reduce accidents, a Farm Tractor Safety Certification Course is being coordinated by UW-Extension Washington, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, & Fond du Lac Counties. The 24 hour course will be held on the following Saturdays – March 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 and 16 will be held at Campbellsport High School and March 23 and 30 will be held at Allenton Town Hall. The course focuses on the safety aspects of operating farm equipment. To complete the course, youth must attend all four sessions and pass a written and driving exam.
The course includes classroom safety instruction for tractors and farm machinery operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge, and how to approach farm safety with a positive attitude. In addition, the course is designed for youth ages 14-15 who need the federal certificate of training for employment on farms, youth ages 12-16 who will be operating tractors or self-propelled farm machinery on public roads for their own family, and youths interested in tractor and machinery safety. Youth must be the minimum age of 12 in order to register.
Youth who drive a tractor for their parents may still do so without the formal training program as long as they do not operate the tractor on a public road.
If you intend to hire youth on your farm, make sure that they enroll in this course for your protection as well as theirs.
The cost of the course is $35 per student and is limited to the first 25 paid participants.
Registration deadline is March 1, 2019.