At CHS, we prioritize safety for everyone involved in our business – our staff, external contractors, and of course our member-owners. See below for some seasonal safety considerations to keep in mind on your farm.
As harvest season starts to draw near, it’s important to remember to keep safety in mind with all wheeled equipment. Here are some tips to keep you safe this harvest season:
- Harvest leads to more driving on narrow roads and in low-light conditions, so be sure to practice defensive driving to protect yourself from traffic that may not remember how to share the road with large equipment.
- Check your lights each time before you go out, ensure you have slow moving vehicle signage when needed, and plan your routes to avoid high-traffic roadways when at all possible.
- Be sure you have ways to communicate with vehicles around you when needed.
Dryer Fire Prevention
Here are some important safety reminders in order to prevent dryer fires this harvest season!
- Be diligent with housekeeping and equipment instructions
- Routinely inspect the dryer to ensure grain is properly flowing
- Make sure you are following and document your preventative maintenance procedures from the manufacturer
- Inspect pneumatic components and the gas train for potential leaks or failures
- Prevent debris and dust build-up by covering the burner when not in use, and clean burners and check the control burner system, igniter, and plate sensors
- Make sure moisture censors are calibrated if your dryer is equipped with moisture controls
- Make sure grain is clean as foreign materials can plug screens and ultimately cause dryer fires
- This is a great time to review emergency shutdown and response procedures for your grain dryers and have those posted near dryer controls
Here is to a safe and bountiful harvest season!
Three Points of Contact
The safest way to mount and dismount vehicles, equipment, and ladders is to maintain three points of constant contact. That means one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot – always. Anything less and you’re risking a fall.
Tips for Using the THREE-POINT System
• Always face towards the equipment.
• Get a firm grip on the rails or handles.
• Look for obstacles on the ground before exiting.
• Mount and dismount when the equipment is stopped.
• Break the three-point contact only when you reach the ground, cab, or platform.
• Slow down and take extra care in wet, snowy, or icy weather.
• Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.
• Wear shoes with good support.
Common Mistakes to Avoid:
• Never jump – you may land off balance or on an uneven surface and fall
• Don’t climb down with something in your free hand – put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get to the ground.
• Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
• Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.
From your team at CHS in Herman, we wish you a safe harvest season!