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The intent of this handout is to provide information on ATV safety. Due to the number of deaths, permanent injuries, and hospital visits associated with ATVs, it is important to review and adopt safety rules on your farm.
Accidents and injuries involving All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are often the result of one or more of the following conditions:
ATVs offer a level of simplicity, convenience, and versatility in the ag sector. However, there are dangers associated with operating an ATV. ATV accidents can result in permanent injuries or even death. Thousands of ATV-related injuries and hundreds of ATV-related deaths can be avoided with proper planning, safety equipment, and responsible behavior.
ATVs have many uses in agriculture and sports recreation and are used by over 35 million riders in the United States.1 In some situations, they have become a substitute for trucks, tractors, and walking. The list of uses continues to expand around the farm. A simple question to ask yourself and others when driving an ATV is: are you operating it safely?
Special safety considerations should be exercised for on-the-farm and off-the-farm use. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates over 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries involving ATVs occur each year.2 Between 1982 and 2014, an estimated 23 percent of ATV-related deaths involved children under 16 years old.3
Take time out to assess ATV safety on your farm. Often people fail to recognize the danger of their actions, disregard safety, do not consider consequences, or a combination of each. Most ATV operators don’t think accidents will happen to them. Deaths and permanent spinal injuries change lives forever. Visit the Monsanto Off-the-Job Safety YouTube Channel growingsafely.net to learn how one ATV incident changed a teenager’s life forever.