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.
- 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.