AgrAbility Webinar: Machinery Access & Lifts
New and Improved Methods of Accessing Large Off-Road Machinery for People with Mobility Limitations
Agricultural workers in the U.S. sometimes incur disabling injuries or diseases that could end their careers unless specialized assistive technologies are utilized. Advancements in agriculture-specific technologies have made it possible for such individuals to regain the ability to effectively operate large off-road machinery. Remote-controlled lifts, electronic actuators, electric-over-hydraulic controllers, and various types of hand controls can enable operators with limited mobility to resume a high level of productivity within their chosen agricultural careers.
Webinar topics include:
• Access Lift Design and Selection;
• Lift Styles and Mounting Types; and
• Safety Concerns.
Also see the new Plowshares Technical Report related to this webinar, Agricultural Machinery Access Lifts: Design, Utilization, and Safety Issues.
Dr. Shawn Ehlers earned a Ph.D. from the department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He specifically focused his studies on agricultural safety with emphasis on the ability of operators to view areas in near proximity of large agricultural machinery. Dr. Ehlers is currently the technology outreach coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project, headquartered at Purdue University, as well as an instructor in the ABE department.
Mr. Steve Swain, ATP, is the assistive technology specialist with the National AgrAbility Project. He joined Indiana AgrAbility as the rural rehabilitation specialist in 2000 and the National AgrAbility Project in 2008. Mr. Swain has conducted accessibility assessments of farms, homes, and rural businesses for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. He has presented on accessibility and farming with a disability at a wide variety of workshops and conferences.
A question & answer period will follow the presentation.
Please register by Monday, October 8. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Wednesday, October 10. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested.