Manure Pit Death: A Preventable Tragedy

On July 10, 1988, Jerry entered a manure pit on his family’s dairy farm. He was swiftly overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas and was found floating unconscious in the manure. He was ambulanced to a nearby hospital where the medical staff put his odds of survival at zero. Jerry’s wife insisted that he be flown to a larger hospital, where he spent nearly a month in Intensive Care. After more than five weeks in the hospital Jerry was able to return home and resume his farming career. Attendees will learn gain a better understanding of the hazards of manure gases, understand how to protect yourself from manure gases and other hazards when handling manure, and learn the basics of appropriate manure safety protocols.

An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be submitted.

Presenters for this webinar include:
  • Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University
  • Jerry Nelson, Dairy Star
Handouts (PDF format) will be available the day of the webinar at the live webcast information page.

Find out more about this webinar or future webinars by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC).


Created by Leslie Johnson

Primary Audience: Extension Professionals