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Poultry Growers Electrical Farm Safety Workshop


Poultry Growers Electrical Farm Safety workshop seeks to save lives

In the aftermath of Bill Brown’s tragic death by electrocution, his colleagues from University of Delaware and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension collaborated to present an important safety workshop in his honor. The sessions were presented live to 95 people at the Carvel REC, attended by others live via webinar, and recorded for the public (links below).

The worskhop was presented live in person, via webinar and recorded for the publicThe workshop was presented live in person, via webinar and recorded for the public

While the workshop focused on poultry farm safety, the information available below is applicable to any farm, business, or residential scenario.

Tips such as using insulated tools, wearing leather gloves and electric-rated foot ware, never working alone, spotting risk factors, how electricity works, and how it is delivered to private property all provided eye-opening, yet practical behaviors that can be adopted to prevent a  future casualty or fatality.

Thank you to Carvel REC director Mark Isaacs in working with UD presenters Jim Glancey and Stephen Collier who joined electrician Tim Norman and UMD poultry Extension educators Jenny Rhodes and Jon Moyle in their poignant effort to prevent another tragic accident.

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Presented in memory of William R. Brown III, May  29, 1961 – April 14, 2016




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