This week (September 18-24) is National Farm Safety & Health Week. With that in mind, the Nebraska Corn Board is urging farmers to keep safety in mind as they harvest.
The board says agriculture is one of the more dangerous occupations in the country. Last year, there were more than 50 grain bin incidents, auger related injuries, power take offs incidents and more than two dozen farmers killed throughout the country..
National Farm Safety & Health Week was first proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. It has been proclaimed by every President since then.
This year’s theme is “Safety Counts – Your Community Depends On It”.
The Nebraska Corn Board offered the following things that farmers and farm workers can do this fall:
Ensure that trained family members and employees are operating powerful equipment.
Develop a set of safety rules that everyone should follow – and enforce them. Also consider developing an emergency plan so everyone is on the same page.
Check that PTOs (power take offs) are well protected to avoid contact with clothing or people during operation.
Check to make sure safety shields are in place on all equipment everyday – they are there for a reason.
Always be aware of power lines that can come in contact with moving equipment and augers around grain bins.
Grain bins deserve special attention and caution when grain is being loaded and removed. Safety measures should be put in place to avoid any risk of entrapment and suffocation.
Take periodic breaks to help avoid fatigue. Take a rest break for a few minutes, go for a short walk or check in with family members.
Use extra caution when backing equipment. It is easy to overlook something or more importantly, someone, especially a child.
Protective eye and ear wear is important in many situations.
Equip tractors and combines with a fire extinguisher, as dry crop residue is fuel for a fire.
Remind family members and workers that safe practices come before expedience.