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Next 8 Weeks the Most Dangerous Time on the Farm

September 12, 2008

Robinson, ND – Harvest time is the most dangerous time of the year for North Dakota farmers. State statistics show the next eight weeks are when the most injuries and deaths occur. Robinson area farmer Anne Ongstad lost a child to a farming accident in 1995. She encourages everyone to think safety first.

"We had a terrible mowing accident from lack of thinking. It was just that we were hurrying and not thinking things through. You look back a million times and wish you could redo it."

A lot of farmers make mistakes this time of year because they are exhausted and stressed out, says Ongstad.

"I’m constantly thinking of safety and I do emphasize and reemphasize it, yet I find myself trying to get things done and forgetting once in awhile."

Farm safety experts agree the most dangerous machinery to work around on the farm is the tractor. In addition, as equipment has gotten bigger, the danger of electrocution also has grown, due to tall equipment coming into contact with power lines.


Dick Layman/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - ND