New study aims to make tractors safer for children

A new study being conducted in Coralville aims to make tractors safer for children by using a tractor-driving simulator to track their movements. The leading cause of death and injury among children working in agriculture is operating farming equipment.

The program is being funded by the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is being conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa and the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.

Cameras will track the children’s every movement and compare them to adults who are also participating in the study. Researchers are hoping to determine the differences between the children’s and the adults’ procedures and when they fully develop.

If your child has been injured in tractor accident, contact the tractor accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600.

Farmer killed in tractor accident

A 55 year-old man from Donegal Township, Pennsylvania died Monday afternoon after the tractor he was operating overturned and caught on fire while he was pinned beneath it.

According to the coroner’s office, the man was driver the tractor to rake hay on his father’s farm when the accident happened; however, a possible cause for the rollover was not given. The farmer succumbed to thermal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Leaking diesel fuel from the tractor accelerated the fire. His death has been ruled an accident, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. An investigation into the fatal accident is still ongoing.

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