Farm-safety messages resonate far and wide

On the farm, anyway, if Kallie Tracy, RN, tells you what to do, you better do it.

“I’m much more tuned into safety after working in an Emergency Department in Terre Haute. I remember the farm-related injuries so vividly,” said Tracy, pictured second from the right

Those memories leap forward each time she points out a safety concern—like jumping from the top of one grain bin to another or not being attentive enough around an auger—to Kenny Knight, her 73-year-old grandpa, and anyone else on the family farm near Armstrong.

“I just tell him, ‘Stop it, or I’m telling Grandma,’” the Carle Heart and Vascular nurse said, her smile both sly and convincing.

That’s just the kind of action Carle’s Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety encourages.

“We promote ag safety for all who may be in rural areas and help prepare pre-hospital and emergency medicine providers to respond quickly and effectively to farm incidents,” said farm safety specialist Amy Rademaker.

“We welcome farm operations to share their safety tips using #Carle_FarmSafety so farmers can support one another and share how they’ll continue strong family traditions.”

National Farm Safety and Health Week kicked off Sunday with the theme “A Legacy to Be Proud of.”

Farming for four generations, the Knight family today shows cattle, and grows corn and soybeans.

Grain-bin safety is one of Carle’s four areas of emphasis—identified with input from farmers and ag experts in the region—along with tractor safety, ATV safety and chemical safety.

“When I was younger, we just didn’t sit down and talk about it,” Tracy said, adding she recalls teaching younger kids about farm safety when was in FFA.

Her desire to be a nurse started around that time. At 13, she was in the delivery room when her brother arrived.

This fall, she’s especially pleased that the more-standard hours in her new position will allow her more time to help on the farm.

“Now that I’m not working three 12-hour shifts a week, I have more energy to help with chores and harvest. I’ll help where they need me,” she said.

She’ll also do her part making sure everyone’s aware of safety precautions to be certain her family’s legacy is long and successful.