Teens operating farm machinery for employment require safety training

The Frontier Extension District will sponsor a Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) class on May 31, 2019. This class is required for 14 and 15 year old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents. Only 14 to 15-year-olds who work for their parents on the family farm are exempt from this required training. This training is required if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

The local HOT class will meet 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Pomona Community Center, 219 Jefferson, Pomona, Kan. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local farm. Youth will be transported by instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Center.

There is a registration fee of $10 to cover class materials. Registration is required by calling one of the Extension District offices: Lyndon, 785-828-4438; Ottawa, 785-229-3520; Garnett, 785-448-6826 or by emailing agents Rod Schaub at [email protected] or Darren Hibdon at [email protected] by May 24. Participants are required to obtain tractor safety materials from the Extension office and read the materials prior to the start of the class.

The HOT class is designed to assist 14 and 15-year-olds in gaining certification for farm employment, driving a tractor, or using a lawn mower bigger than 20 hp if working for someone other than their parents. Youth age 13 can take the training, but cannot become certified until they reach the age of 14. Participants must be able to attend the daylong session. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

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