WAYNE COUNTY — The Penn State Extension was a hub of activity Saturday morning for Farm Safety Day.

Presented by the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau, the event provided valuable instruction on how to handle a variety of emergency situations.

The program provided valuable instruction on how to react in a farm accident or emergency situation.

“Most of the time, in rural america a family member is going to be the first...on the scene,” said Davis Hill, Penn State Sr. Extension Associate, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

During the course of the day, those in attendance learned first hand how to react to a deadly situation.

The First At Scene Training program (F@ST) outlined exactly what to do in a variety of accident scenarios.

For example, if a person is on the scene of a tractor accident where a limb is crushed, the first thing to do is turn off the machine and call 911.

If the machine continues to run, it makes it difficult for dispatch to hear what the caller is saying.

F@ST also states that the injured party be kept warm and be instructed not to move.

Another thing to make note of is if there are any other hazards in the area emergency personnel should be aware of when responding.

Hazards can be anything from a leaking gas tank from the accident or a protective family canine.

Another accident highlighted by F@ST was an ATV rollover.

In this scenario, the injured party has a broken leg and uncontrolled bleeding.

Upon arriving on scene, the person should assess the situation and determine if the person is conscious, according to F@ST.

Call 911 and be sure to relay if there is any evidence that fuel has been spilled – this can be a potential hazard.

If there is a bleeding wound, apply pressure to help stop the bleeding and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.

Hands on learning

The safety day also boasted a variety of hands on learning opportunities showed just how dangerous farming can be.

Dave Messersmith, Wayne County Penn State Extension Education, manned a simulation that showed just how quickly a limb can be lost to a rotating power take-off (PTO) shaft.

A PTO is used on a tractor or truck and allows machinery hooked up to the device to draw power from the engine.

This device rotates quickly when in use and clothing can get caught. When this happens, severe injury or even loss of limb can occur.

Joyce Carson, Farm Bureau, said she hoped the program would help farmers recognize how dangerous their job can be.

“Today's program was a good reminder of how dangerous farming can be,” Carson said.

“As exhibited by the hands-on activities, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late! You may have already suffered a serious injury.”

Other demonstrations showed why wearing safety equipment is important and why jumping in a grain bin can turn deadly fast.

Bonnie LaTourette said this was the first Farm Safety Day the bureau has organized in quite a few years, but hopes to see it presented again.

“We want to educate not just farmers, but firefighters and EMTs so they know what to do on the scene of (a farming) accident,” she said.

Carson added, “We are glad to see these emergency responders here today.

“Some of these young people may never have been on the scene of a farm accident before.

“Hopefully we've given them a good overview of what they could encounter.”

This event was sponsored by the Wayne County Cooperative Extension, Krempasky Equipment, Marshall Machinery, George W. Kinsman, Mander Fire Safety, Dave's Super Duper and Lindsey Equipment.