Ag Safety StoryCorps®


Listen and Learn from Your Fellow Farmers!
AG StoryCorps®
Life Changing Agriculture Injuries from Farmers

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Health and Safety (PNASH) Center formed a  partnership with StoryCorps®, the largest national oral history project in the U.S., to document how farm injuries and near misses can be transformative life changing events. Growers and producers with stories to share came to one of two recording sessions accompanied by a family member or friend with whom they recounted how the accident happened, its consequences and lessons-learned. All volunteers were motivated to participate in hopes that others who might hear their stories would think more about safety in the agricultural workplace.

Brett's rollover account Track 1: Brett. Harobed Rollover (2:43) 
“If that rack had failed ….. that potentially could have wiped me  out.”
  • Brett Schrom, a hay grower/beef producer, describes to his sister Neesha how his harobed tipped over throwing him off because the steering locking up. As result he’s changed his maintenance practices. 
  • transcripts pdf
Diana's accident

Track 2: Diana. Combine Amputation (2:01) 
“ Don’t wear jewelry when you are working around farm equipment.” 

  • Diana Hansen, wheat farmer, recounts to her daughter Tanya Mitchell losing her arm, relearning to do everything and how she chose to go on with her life as opposed to living it as a victim.  
  • transcripts pdf
Diana's accident

Track 3: Gloria. Fall in Manure Pit (2:17)

“Jason was on the slab with his little red tractor mimicking his dad…. [he] got to the slick part, put his feet down to stop and he did not stop. He scooted right off into the (hole) and splashed right down into the manure tank.”

  • Gloria Edwards tells granddaughter Eryn how her child fell through an open hole into their dairy farm manure pit while playing and was luckily rescued by his dad who was able to grab him by his coat collar. 
  • transcripts pdf

ron's ladder fall

Track 4: Ron. Ladder Fall from Grain Tank (2:35)
“The biggest mistake was me being up there by myself particularly at my age and maybe I should not be in such a hurry all the time.”

  • Ron McHargue describes to son Mike his fall from a ladder on a metal grain tank while up there by himself trying to remove a sweep augur.
  • transcripts pdf
Russell's story

Track 5: Russell. ATV Fatality (3:08) 
“My brother’s mind was on the spraying and not on backing the ATV up. “ 

  • Russell Zacharison, wheat farmer, recounts discovering his elderly bachelor brother Walter in his shed 10 days after he had been crushed by his ATV.
  •  transcripts pdf
Russell's story

Track 6: Russell and Eric. ATV Rollover (3:14)
“If you ride ATV’s there’s really only two categories of riders, those that have already had an accident and those whose accidents are pending.”

  • Eric Zacharison and his father Russell ,  discuss how quickly a slow moving ATV can flip as was the case when Russell got pinned down by his ATV for eight hours out in his pasture.
  • transcripts pdf
Scott flywheel entanglement

Track 7: Scott. Flywheel Burn (1:39)
“I’ve learned you have to be very cautious on a farm with kids and machinery.”

  • Scott Furrer, dairy farmer, describes how shook up he was when his son Chris as a young child got his hand caught between a flywheel and shield burning off the top of his fingers.
  • transcripts pdf
Chris rolls his tractor

Track 8: Chris. Tractor Rollover (2:47)
“It hit home how important safety is and how much our parents loved us. Another little reality check on being careful around everything. Life is short.”

  • Chris Furrer describes to his father Scott rolling his tractor on their dairy farm, being terrified his brother was underneath it and finally crawling out thought the cab roof.
  • transcripts pdf

Track 9: Victor. Bull Fatality (2:56)
 “A bull in the group had a little bit of an attitude.”

  • Victor Jensen, third generation dairy farmer, tells about finding his dear friend, an experienced animal handler, face down in the bedding of a pasture…”the bull had gotten him”.   
  • transcripts pdf

Track 10: Wade. Blow from Bale of Hay (2:55)
“Sometimes we get in a hurry and don’t think about what we’re doing and that’s when we get into trouble.”

  • Wade Wipperling tells friend Else Kimball how a stack of unstable bales of hay fell on his head, breaking his neck. 
  • transcripts pdf