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Cover for hay holes keeping people out of the ER in Lancaster County

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – In years past, doctors at Lancaster General Health noticed many people, primarily from the Amish community, coming into the ER wit...
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - In years past, doctors at Lancaster General Health noticed many people, primarily from the Amish community, coming into the ER with head trauma after falling through a hay hole. Hay holes are on the second story of barns and a hole that is used to drop feed to animals below.
Doctors and employees from LGH teamed up with the Penn State Agricultural Extension and the Pennsylvania Amish Safety Committee to create hay hole covers that catch someone who may fall.
"This netting will hold a child. It will hold, 300 pounds. We know it's going to hold more," said Kay Moyer with Penn State Extension.

"When we are talking to the family it is all about safety and it's all about prevention. We like to say we want to put our emergency department and our trauma department out of business because this is something that is so preventable," added Sue Lackmann from LGH.

Over the last year and a half they have given away around 140 covers. Since then they say the amount of people coming in with injuries from a fall down a hay hole, has significantly decreased. They cost about $100 each to make. The project was originally funded through a grant.