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Chris Bennett writes of Sampson Parker's beyond-harrowing experience and remarkable survival in Farm Journal's Against All Odds: Farmer Survives Epic Ordeal.
In 2007, Parker, of Kershaw County, South Carolina, became trapped when his arm was pulled into the cogs a two-row cornpicker as he tried to free clogged corn shucks. While trying to cut himself free, corn shucks around and in the machine caught fire, burning his trapped arm. Parker recounts in vivid detail how he was faced with sacrificing his arm to free himself.
The article includes a link to the BBC video that includes interviews with Sampson and his wife Lee Ann, broadcast on BBC One's Pleasure and Pain with Michael Mosley.
On a fall morning in 1974 during corn harvest, three-year-old John Rohlfs was severely injured when his left arm got caught in a feed grinder and was severed just below the shoulder. Rohlfs, who operates a family dairy business near Eden, Wisconsin, shared his story with the Dairy Star: Rohlfs thrives despite childhood farm accident.
While Rohlfs has adapted to farming with one arm, his experience makes him especially mindful of children's safety. “I worry most about the young ones,” Rohlfs said. “Little kids are so curious, and that can be dangerous.”
The Decatur Herald & Review How to make farming Safer? Start talking about safety (29 August 2018) explains why farmers sharing their stories about safety is key to raising awareness and preventing injuries. The article is one in a multi-media Herald & Review Special Report: Safety on the small farm.
After Josh Heeren’s death, several other farmers told his father that they’d had similar experiences. If his son had heard those stories, either through word of mouth or in a news article, Lee Heeren is confident that the accident would not have happened.
Farmers need to talk about their close calls, he said, and share what they learn about safety.
“You can get away with doing something a certain way maybe 99 times out of a hundred,” he said. “But, sometime, something is going to happen.”
Staff at The High Plains Journal spent weeks finding sources and researching the opioid crisis and its effects on their readers and communities. The stories they’ve written - both heart breaking and hopeful - are found in a special series, Power of the Pill (25 June 2018).
In one of the stories, dairy farmer Gary Mies, of Garden Plain, KS, tells of his son’s opioid addiction, along with his own.
Debbie Weingarten's article in The Guardian (6 December 2017) shares powerful stories of Ginnie Peters (Iowa) and John Blaske (Kansas), farmers who have been affected by or considered suicide.
A follow-up article (12 December 2017) describes the overwhelming response to the initial article and it includes resource helplines.
SILO: Edge of the Real World is a short documentary film that is making a big impact, raising awareness of the risks and rewards of grain farming. It features young farmers Adam Fox and Clay Althoff (Indiana). The film's website describes grain entrapment hazards and includes links on grain handling safety.
Ireland's Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Survivor Stories is a compilation of video stories presenting real farmers telling their own farm accident stories, from bull attacks to combine harvester entanglements, and more. Their hope is that you can learn from their experiences and take the simple steps that will make your farm safer. The website includes tools for risk assessment and safety resources. Their YouTube channel - farmaccidents - houses over 30 video stories.