4-H Certifies New Tractor Operators

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Program conducted their annual Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety Certification Course for area youth age 14 and older.  Sessions included both classroom- style lessons and hands-on opportunities for all participants.  Experiences learned in this course will help prevent injury and save lives.
The HOOA (Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture) law states, in summation, that all 14-16 year old youth who are seeking employment in the agricultural industry must receive the training as required by the U.S. Department of Labor. The only exemption is for youth working on their own farm. The HOOA was originally promulgated in January 1968. When youth become 16 years of age, this law no longer applies to their employment; however certification provides valuable knowledge and safety tips for all ages. You can learn more about state regulations by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor’s Youth and Labor: Agricultural employment webpage: www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor/agriculturalemployment

Agriculture is a very dangerous industry and at many agricultural worksites there are hazards associated with:
-Equipment operation
-Crop and livestock production
-Agricultural Buildings
-Chemical use and storage
-Highway transportation
Tractor Safety Certification Training will prepare a student for dealing with the hazards and risks in agriculture. Certification also provides youth greater opportunity in obtaining employment. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety Course instructs participants in a safe and welcoming environment that fosters growth, insight and learning. This course not only allows youth to drive a tractor and trailer, but requires that they also learn the correct and safe way to hook-up to farm equipment, back up trailers, and drive farm machinery. Each student completed their certification requirements, which included classroom time, homework and 10 hours of driving experience.

4-H would like to congratulate Kevin Rogers of Forestville, Roy Burkholder of Sherman, Henry Kestner of Dewittville, Mark Kuhns, of Sherman, Trenton Meeder of Sherman, Derrick Becker of South Dayton, Jeremy Thuman of South Dayton, Joseph Thuman of South Dayton, and Edward Nickerson of Sinclairville for their completion and New York State Certification.  
Driving experiences for this year’s course were made possible by Z& M Ag and Turf in Clymer and Lamb & Webster in Sheridan. Instructors for this course were Dennis Wright, Workforce Development Facilitator at Hewes BOCES in Ashville, with driving portions taught by Dave Wade of Z & M Ag and Turf in Clymer, and Mike Wilson, of Lamb & Webster in Sheridan.  A special thank you to volunteer instructors and coordinators that continually help make 4-H Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety Course opportunity possible.


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