Farm death raises more questions

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – On Thursday, ABC 27 News learned the name of the three-year-old killed in a farm related accident.

Lancaster County Coroner, Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, identified the boy as Shane Zimmerman. The coroner said the boy was run over by his father, who was driving a piece of farming equipment. Diamantoni said the death was a tragic accident.

Zimmerman’s death was on the mind of those at a special farm safety meeting just a few miles away on Thursday in East Early Township.

Jeremy Weaver, a project manager with TeamAG, a farming consulting group, organized the meeting.

“I think our goal should be to educate as much as we can,” he said.

Since 2000, Lancaster County leads the state in farm deaths.

Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine is focused on children’s safety.

Sue Lackmann, a health educator with Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine, told ABC 27 News that when it comes to farm accidents involving children it’s important to remind parents about safety measures.

“Look in your mirror before you back up,” she advised. “Make sure you know where your children are, turn off your equipment before you get off of it.”

Lackmann told ABC 27 News that she doesn’t think legislation would help keep children safe.

“If it’s an accident then you would like to think it’s preventable,” she said. “It goes back to education.”

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