Fall Harvest Safety Tips & RemindersHannah
It’s hard to believe; summer has come and gone and September is here! For many in our area, that means fall harvest is quickly approaching! Soon farmers and their hired hands will have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. This means seasoned veterans, fresh newbies and everyone in-between will be on the road and in the fields grinding out their duties. Farmers are no stranger to long hours and tough working conditions. The rush of harvest time often means it’s the deadliest time of year on the farm.
With that being said, we are bringing YOU, farmers and city folk, a few tips as a friendly reminder to stay safe this harvest season!
- Always wear your seat belt! Seat belts save lives.
- Be vigilant. This applies to everyone – farmers in the field, on the road hauling loads and motorists on the road. Be aware of your surroundings. If you see a slow moving vehicle, be prepared to slow down quickly. Also be watching for wildlife. With machines in the field, wildlife is on the move which increases the likelihood of collision.
- Don’t crowd slow moving machinery.
- Don’t stand on grain that is being moved. Every year, people “drown” in grain carts and bins. In 2014, a whopping 71 confined-space accidents were reported. That’s 71 too many.
- Keep children on the farm safe! If kids are working on the farm, assign kid age-appropriate duties. Watch them diligently and talk to them about the hazards of the farm. Also, watch for small children in the farm yard as machinery is coming and going.
- Get your BLS certification. This is something EVERYONE can benefit from. The ultimate goal is to minimize your risk and NOT have to use it, but if you’re ever in a situation your basic life support certification can be the difference between life and death.
- Farmers, make yourself seen!
- Grain Bins. Keep them locked when they’re not in use. Never enter a bin unless necessary. In this case use proper safety equipment (ladders, harnesses, face masks, etc.) Always have a helper nearby when entering grain bins.
- Don’t wear loose clothing around equipment or work areas.
- Outfit tractors and farm trucks with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
- Don’t text and drive.