Mother whose teen son died in farm accident makes appeal for farm safety investment

Michele Gran on Landon's law: "I'm a mama on a mission"

Sloane Martin
February 25, 2020 - 3:16 pm
Michele Gran points to a picture of her son, Landon

A southern Minnesota mother whose son died in a farm accident will not relent, so another parent doesn’t have to experience her same loss.

Michele Gran has become a frequent presence at the state capitol testifying in front of lawmakers about legislation to fund safety enhancements she believes will help put an end to what are preventable and tragic deaths. 

Straining against tears, she explained how she agonizes over her 18-year-old son Landon’s death in a grain bin in August 2019, and why she's putting the traumatic loss into action:

The bill has bipartisan support, as well as Governor Tim Walz's, to provide $250,000 to retrofit tractors with rollover protection, a reimbursement program for farms that wish to invest in grain bin safety equipment, and safety outreach. 

It has a sponsor in both the House and Senate, but Walz says he expects there to be come pushback.

"There's certainly resistance of folks saying, 'Well, we know how to do this. We've done it this way' and I don't think anybody's advocating for OHSA to do inspections of every farm, but I do think you're hearing from folks, the fron

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