CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A former farmer who was injured in a
hay baling accident more than 35 years ago is using his experience to help
Robert “Chip” Petrea is a research specialist at the
University of Illinois. He focuses on agriculture safety and health.
The News-Gazette reports that he studies why
farm injuries happen and helps injured farmers adapt. He said many farmers want
to continue farming right away after an injury.
Petrea lost both of his legs above the knee while baling hay
in south-central Illinois in 1978. Part of his job includes evaluating the
national Teaching Ag Safety to Kids program. He earned both his master’s and
doctorate degrees from Illinois.
Petrea said he thinks increasing regulation on smaller farms
would help eliminate unsafe farming practices.
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