Safety first when using ATVs

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a useful tool for all sorts of work on the farm.
At the Carlson farm west of Pipestone, Jared Carlson and his father, Randy Carlson, use ATVs to check on livestock in the pastures and fields, survey their crops and fence lines, spot-spray for weeds and more. The family grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat on about 1,500 acres, has two hog barns with around 5,000 hogs, and a cow-calf operation with 50 cows.
Jared Carlson said the family has used ATVs for as long as he can remember because they are a convenient and quick way to get around.
“It saves us a lot of time,” he said.
The Carlsons said their family has never experienced any accidents or injuries while using an ATV.
“You’ve just got to use common sense,” Randy said. “Don’t drive too fast and don’t turn too fast. That’s where you tip over with them.”
As is the case with any piece of equipment, ATVs can cause injuries or even death.
According to records from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there have been 148 ATV accidents in the state to date in 2019 resulting in nine fatalities, 153 injuries and 16 instances of property damage. In each of the last two years there have been over 20 ATV-related fatalities by year’s end.

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