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Va. website launched to record farm accidents

Monday - 5/6/2013, 3:10am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Farm Bureau has launched a website for reporting farm accidents.

The site, FarmAccidentReport.com, allows anyone to report accidents they witness on Virginia farms.

Jimmy Maass is the Farm Bureau's safety manager. He says the website is intended to make it easier for first responders and others to report accidents so the Farm Bureau can compile accurate information on farm accidents.

According to Farm Bureau findings, since 1994 a total of 107 people have died when their tractors overturned; 61 were involved in unspecified tractor or equipment mishaps; and 49 were run over by tractors or other farm equipment.

Sixty-one other farm deaths were attributed to operating farm equipment on public roads and to incidents involving animals or all-terrain vehicles.


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