More than 3.5 million children aged 14 and under received medical treatment last year for sports injuries. From 1982 until 2002, 256 young people were killed in organized sports, including, believe it or not, 21 fatalities from cheerleading. Around 3,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 19 are killed each year in auto accidents. All of which, if you are a Washington bureaucrat, means that something has to be done about kids working on farms.
A new rule advanced by the Department of Labor would end the exemptions that allow farm kids under 16 to have 4-H or FFA projects that include operating machinery and working with animals. Not only that, the department is moving to tighten regulations to forbid farm kids from working on their grandparents’ farm, a farm owned by their aunt or uncle or a family farm organized as a corporation.