Farm-safety programs face budget cuts

08/17/2010 | Reading Eagle Press (Pa.)

Programs that train emergency workers to help people trapped in agricultural machinery or in crop silos are facing budget cuts and, in some cases, termination. Pennsylvania officials recently cut all $89,000 from a statewide agricultural emergency-training program, and many fire companies have been forced to postpone training sessions. "We are at a crossroads," says safety instructor Eric J. Rickenbach. "It's a shame that safety has to take a back seat to money."

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Reading Eagle Press (Pa.)