I participated in a farm safety program three weeks ago that was conducted by the Nappanee Amish community. There were representatives of fire departments, police, local hospitals, the health department, and businesses that offer health and safety services. Overall, it was a very good, family-oriented day.

My task was to talk about safety with machinery such as skid loaders that have buckets. I used a scale model skid loader to show how the center of gravity shifts as the load increases, as the bucket is raised or as loads shift, all of which can lead to tip-overs. Even the smallest of bumps when a bucket is raised can lead to a catastrophe.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or jburbrink@purdue.edu.

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