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Study To Use Simulator To Study Teens Driving Tractors

A study in Iowa is taking a look at how to better prevent children from dying while operating tractors.

According to an Associated Press article, teens are at least four times more likely to die on a farm than in any other workplace in the United States.

A measure that would have limited children’s ability to operate machinery on farms was later dropped when some farm families protested against the measure. So researchers at the University of Iowa and the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin are taking a different approach by using a driving simulator to study how children and teens make decisions while driving tractors.

Researchers hope to use the results from their study to revise voluntary guidelines to help increase the safety of the children on farms. Researchers plan on testing nearly 100 kids to see how well they can navigate around people and objects in a simulator. Ten adults will also take part of the study.

The study is being funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious injury in any type of farm-related accident, it is important to discuss your case with a Wisconsin workers’ compensation attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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