Farm safety is a major concern, and Ross Sestak, Lincoln County OSU Extension Service educator, said more accidents per occupational hour occur in agriculture than any other occupation.
The Lincoln County OSU Extension Service and Gordon Cooper Technology Center invite youth 14 and older to participate in a Tractor and Machinery Certification Program, which will be held May 7-9 and May 12-14 at GCTC. The course will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
Twenty hours of the course work will be devoted to instruction and four hours will be devoted to practice driving and evaluation. Students must attend all sessions.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, “youth under the age of 16 shall not be employed in agriculture in an occupation that the secretary of labor declares to be particularly hazardous unless the child is employed by their parents.”
Exemptions allow employment of minors 14 and 15 years of age if:
• They have successfully completed a tractor and machine operation course;
• They have been instructed by their employer on safe operation of their specific equipment; and
• They are closely supervised by their supervisor.
“If you are new to agriculture and want to learn more on the safe aspects of farm machinery operations, or are interested in training to be able to pursue summer employment opportunities, this course has many benefits to offer,” Sestak said.
The cost of the training course is $15 per person, payable to the Lincoln County OSU Extension Service. The fee includes the cost of educational material and refreshments for the six sessions.
For more information about the training, including enrollment, call the Lincoln County OSU Extension Service at (405) 258-0560. The medical release, minor’s release and training fee are due at the Lincoln County OSU Extension Service office by May 1.