Farm Safety in Howard County for 4th Graders

Matt Ross - presentor at Farm Safety Day

This year marked 24 years of farm safety training in Howard County.   On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 over 136 children in addition to teachers from 4th grade classrooms at Crestwood, Notre Dame and Riceville gathered at the Howard County Fairgrounds for a day of learning.   This event was sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach in Howard County along with many sponsors.
The speaker for this year’s training was Matt Ross from Charles City.   Matt was injured in a farm accident in April of 2014 with a back hoe.  He spent 7 hours in surgery dying 4 times and the 4th time in cardiac arrest for 30 minutes.   He suffered crushed right side ribs and broken ribs on left side.  His back was broken at T7 and T8 (severed) and due to injuries bled out several times.  Life flighted to Mercy, and then onto Iowa City and eventually at VA in Minneapolis for numerous procedures. He was told he would never walk again. Five years later while still in physical therapy he walks independently with a cane, operates his own farm machinery and he and his wife are motorcyclists.
Morning learning sessions include:
Propane Safety with Fencl Oil.
Electrical Safety with MiEnergy
Animal Safety with Doc Aggen, Cresco Vet clinic
PTO Safety with Jerry Bina
Noon Lunch was a picnic lunch and the students got close view of the Helicopter landing at the fairgrounds.
Afternoon learning sessions included:
Ambulance with Regional Health Services
Mercy One Helicopter
4-H Discovery Session
Grain Bin Safety with Jeff Wendel
Drive Simulator from Channel Seed – Steve Mahr
Chemical Safety with Steve Golombowski – Farmer’s Feed and Grain
STOMP – Jen Kimber, Prevention 5
Farm Safety Day was a great success due to the volunteers, presentors, and sponsors.  Students were sent home with a goody bag full of information as well as ear plugs and first aid kit. 

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