Service Tips

Harvest Safety Tips

  • During harvest Farmers should be aware of the increased potential for fatigue/inattentiveness that may increase the possibility of injury when using farm equipment.
  • Farm workers should know the hazards of flowing grain and how to prevent a grain entrapment.

Farm Equipment Safety

  • Thoroughly inspect farm equipment before use.
  • Decrease fatigue by shutting machinery off and walking around at least once every hour.
  • Stay hydrated to maintain awareness.
  • When transporting machinery on roads, have these items in place: a spotter, a slow moving vehicle sign and flags on equipment that sticks out.
  • Read, understand, and follow the instructions in the manufactures operators’ manual.
  • Before working on equipment, make sure machine is turned off and in park or neutral with parking brake engaged.
  • Wait after turning off farm equipment to make sure all parts have completely stopped moving.
  • Supervise children when they are in the vicinity of machinery.
  • Locking hydraulic cylinders or supporting the head prior to working under it, is always recommended.
  • Wear seat belts.
  • Keep all guards in place.

Bin Safety

  • Shut off and lock all unloading equipment before entering a bin.
  • When possible, ladders should be installed inside grain bins as emergency exits.
  • Avoid entering the bin when possible. A long pole can be used to break up crusted grain, instead of having a worker enter the bin. Grain that has crusted over can have open spaces, which will likely not support the weight of a person.
  • Wear a harness that is attached to a properly secured rope.
  • Stay near the outer wall of the bin. If the grain starts to flow, move to the bin ladder or safety rope as quickly as possible.
  • Never enter a bin alone. Have at least one person stand outside the bin who could help should someone become entrapped.
  • Do not allow children to play in or around grain bins, wagons or truck beds.

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