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Amputee Farmer Teaches Safety

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:30:47 CDT
By: AP

A former farmer who was injured in a hay baling accident more than 35 years ago is using his experience to help others. Robert "Chip" Petrea is a research specialist at the University of Illinois. He focuses on agriculture safety and health, and studies why farm injuries happen and helps injured farmers adapt. He says many farmers want to continue farming right away after an injury.   Petrea lost both of his legs above the knee while baling hay in Illinois in 1978. Part of his job includes evaluating the national Teaching Ag Safety to Kids program. Petrea says he thinks increasing regulation on smaller farms would help eliminate unsafe farming practices.

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