Harvest season safety tips to stay safe

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – As harvest season begins here in Nebraska, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association have released tips for farmers and drivers to stay safe on the roads.

For farmers, there are several tips on how to be safe when handling their farm equipment.

Equipment Safety:

· Be careful when approaching harvesting equipment. Approach from the front and make eye contact with the operator before approaching.

· Make sure harvesting equipment is completely stopped and disengaged before getting on a vehicle.

· Do not stand near unattended or operating machinery.

· Avoid pinch points between equipment – such as tractors with grain wagons. Visibility may be limited and serious injury may occur.

Entanglement Hazard:

· Entanglement hazards can occur very quickly.

· Never attempt to disconnect any equipment without disconnecting the power supply and removing the energy from the equipment.

· Never pull or attempt to remove clogged plants from a running machine.

· Always keep guards in place to avoid snags and entanglements when working around equipment.

Risk of falling :

· Be careful when getting on and off equipment.

· Be alert and extremely careful when working in wet or slippery conditions.

· Keep all walkways and platforms open and free of tools, dust, debris or other obstructions. Clean all walkways and platforms before use.

· Wear clothes that fit well and not baggy or baggy. Also wear good, non-slip, closed-toe shoes.

· Use grab bars when getting on or off machines. Face machinery when dismantling and never jump off equipment.

· Never get out of a moving vehicle.

Fire prevention:

· Carry a fire extinguisher with you in your vehicle (ABC, 5 or 10 pounds).

· Remove dust and buildup from equipment. Regularly check the bearings to avoid overheating and the risk of fire.

Safety of grain wagons:

· Be sure to monitor the weight of grain cars to never exceed the maximum weight limits. As the weight increases, grain wagons can be harder to control.

· Load grain cars evenly to distribute weight to prevent weaving or instability on grain car.

· Inspect grain car tires and replace worn or cracked tires.

Grain silo safety:

· If entering a ferry, wear a harness attached to a secure rope.

· Never work alone.

· Never let children get too close to or inside the bin.

· Wear a dust filter or respirator when working in bins.

· Stay clear of bins when equipment is in operation.

“The fruit of all the hard work throughout the season,” said Ron Seymour, who works with the UNL-Adams County Extension Office. “We started planting in April and here the crop is drying out but we have to put it in the bins for it to be safe or at the elevator. It’s the salary. This is where farmers get the reward for all the hard work they’ve put in all year.

Seymour also warned drivers to be careful on the roads when driving around these large agricultural vehicles.

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