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Farmers Thinking Safety For National Farm Safety Week

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MANHATTAN, Mont. -

Farming is the ninth most dangerous job in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With farmers across the nation hitting harvest time, next week is National Farm Safety Week.

"It's a great occupation, but it can be dangerous occupation because you are running a lot of machinery," said John Schutter, Manhattan, Mont. farmer.

Schutter said machinery is a necessary evil when it comes to farming.

It helps get the job done, but it's easy to get something caught in the machinery, causing injury.

"There's P.T.O. shafts, and a lot of different things a person can get hurt," said Schutter.

Matt Flikkema said manufactures are helping farmers stay away from those dangerous shafts with newer equipment.

"All the manufactures have done a good job of shielding all those shafts and we need to make sure we keep those in place," said Flikkema.

Flikkema says many combines and tractors now come with two fire extinguishers.

But not all farmers are able to purchase the latest equipment and Schutter says even with the all the safety features, looking out for other people is still key in staying safe.

"Always look out for those you are working with," said Schutter.  "It doesn't matter if you go out in group, just two or the whole crew always look out for each other's safety."

Schutter said he's only had one accident on his farm in about 10 years

"On the farm, there's so much equipment working, it happens," said Schutter.  "You just hope it doesn't happen."

The American Society of Safety Engineers said farmers should also inspect their machinery and use caution while driving on the roads.   

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 139 people died while farming last year.

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