10/20/2005

Tractor Accidents Kill 29 in W.Va.

 WVU, WV Farm Bureau Distribute Video Aimed at Curbing Deaths

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Tractor rollovers and overturns have killed 29 people in West Virginia since 2000 according to the WVU Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) and WV Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.

The ICRC and WV Farm Bureau recently completed a video aimed at curbing tractor-related deaths among farmers.  “Our goal is to minimize loss of life, and show farmers how to avoid injury,” says FACE Program Coordinator Wayne Lundstrom. 

The video, A Tractor Accident Can Happen to Anyone, has already been distributed to nearly six thousand farmers statewide.  The video encourages farmers to take steps in preventing traumatic injury by using Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) and seatbelts.  Copies of the video and information on tractor safety are available by calling 1-877-329-8137.

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For more information:
Andrew Fulton, ICRC, (304) 293-6682
afulton@hsc.wvu.edu
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