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ATV Safety

 

 ATV Safety Contacts

 
 

 HICAHS/MSU ATV Safety Materials

 
 

 ATV Safety Materials From Other Organizations

 

​All-terrain vehicle (ATV) use has grown extremely popular in the United States to include 10 million vehicles and 16 million users. ATVs are lightweight, easily maneuverable, and fast, making them attractive to use on farms and ranches for tasks that used to be carried out with the help of horses, farm dogs, and trucks or pick-ups.

Unfortunately, ATVs are inherently unstable. ATVs have a high center of gravity and narrow wheel-base make them easier to tip over. Along with the increase in ATV use there has been an increase in injuries and deaths on farms and ranches. Between 1992 and 2007, a staggering 65 percent of all occupational ATV-related deaths in the United States occurred on agricultural operations. Very few training materials focus on using ATVs for the specific tasks of farms and ranches.

Intervention

In 2012, HICAHS partnered with Montana State University Extension to educate agricultural producers on using ATVs safely for the top agricultural tasks.HICAHS partnered with Montana State University Extension to educate agricultural producers on using ATVs safely for the top agricultural tasks.n 2012, HICAHS partnered with Montana State University Extension to educate agricultural producers on using ATVs safely for the top agricultural tasks.HICAHS partnered with Montana State University Extension to educate agricultural producers on using ATVs safely for the top agricultural tasks.

A focus group conducted by HICAHS and MSU revealed four primary uses of ATVs on Montana ranches:
  • Animal handling,
  • Fence building and mending,
  • Weed control/spraying, and
  • General transportation

To ensure the continued education of agricultural producers in Montana, agricultural Extension agents educate ranchers in Montana on how to use their ATVs safely.

Since this initial project, HICAHS has participated in various regional ATV safety task forces and supported several community-initiated grants focused on ATV safety. Partners include the University of Wyoming Extension and the Wyoming Stock Growers Assocation. Visit the community-initiated grants page for more information or learn how to apply for a grant.

Resources

See our "Safety Materials" box to the right for the educational posters we developed on each of the primary uses of ATVs in ranching.

ATV Safety Video Series and Online Course

www.hicahs.colostate.edu/atv-safety.html