Fall is just a couple of weeks away and for many of us, that
means harvest! During the fall harvest season, farmers will spend
hours in equipment. That includes 'old pros' and younger, newer
farmers as well. So, we are bringing a few tips as a friendly
reminder to stay safe this harvest season!
Being in agriculture means you are no stranger to tough working
conditions. It also means that you are in a potentially dangerous
industry. And while farmers are smart and handy, they are also at
risk. In 2010, close to 500 farmers and farm workers died from a
work-related injury. And that is 500 too many.
Check out these important safety tips to consider as you prepare
for harvest season this year:
Always wear seat belts.
Know where family members and workers are.
Visibility is poor around large machinery and at night. Be sure to
know where everyone is so that no one is in danger.
Put equipment in neutral or park, engage parking brake,
and turn off engine before dismounting. Wait until all
mechanisms have stopped moving before attempting to service or
unclog a machine.
Limit riders on equipment!
Stay alert. Take breaks throughout the day. Be
sure to have your cell phone charged in case you need to
communicate or have a problem or emergency.
Get enough sleep.
Train all operators to safely operate the
Have all safety equipment in proper condition and ready
to use such as safety glasses, hearing protection and respiratory
Have ROPS (rollover protective structures) fitted on
Never stand on grain that is being moved. Every
year people "drown" in grain carts and grain bins that are being
emptied. Keep kids away from grain hauling equipment.
Keep grain auger grates and shields in place.
Be sure your equipment is properly maintained to avoid
If you must move machinery on a roadway after dark, have
all necessary working headlights and flashing front and rear
warning lights. The better you can be seen the less likely
you are to be hit by a motorists.
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