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Partner groups to host safety training March 13

Wednesday, February 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
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DEFOREST, Wis. (Feb. 26, 2019) - Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) will co-host its annual safety training and certification meeting with Dairy Business Association on March 13 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, the group announced today.

The safety training qualifies as continuing education towards the WCO Safety Certification program, now in its fifth year.

The purpose of WCO’s safety certificate program is to train WCO members and their employees in occupational safety and health in order to reduce incident rates. Participants have the opportunity to earn a certificate upon completion. Trainings like the WCO Safety Certification program have been shown to reduce incidents, which is why insurance companies support these efforts and may offer discounts to members who complete the program.

“WCO chose to co-host our safety training this year because it’s a chance to leverage our talents and time and to reduce duplication,” said Bryce O’Leary, WCO President. “Agriculture needs more willing partners and our organizations have membership cross-over.”

Event Details:

  • Wed. March 13, 2019
  • Liberty Hall 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly, WI 54136

The training on March 13 will consist of the following topic areas:

  • Safety considerations with manure pump design - Isaac Lemmenes, Braun Electric Inc.
  • Manure pumping safety in the field - Isaiah Skenandore, Safety specialist, OSHA Appleton Area office,
  • Local ordinances impacting manure and harvesting - John Holevoet, Dairy Business Association
  • Insurance implications and risk mitigation and local ordinances - Chad Van Camp, Family Insurance Center
  • Best approaches to managing risk
    • Moderated by: Cheryl Skjolaas, UW Center for Ag Safety and Health / National Agrability
      • Panelists include:
        • Juan Quezada, Director of training and development, Milk Source, LLC
        • Gordon Speirs, Owner, Shiloh Dairy 
        • Jeremy Heim, Owner, Heim Brothers Custom LLC

To register go to The program is free for WCO and DBA members. Non-members are welcome to attend (for a fee). The program runs from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and lunch is provided thanks to sponsor Dave Anderson and Vincent, Urban, Walker & Associates.

DBA members register here.

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