Harvest can pose a sense of urgency, and you may be tempted to take short cuts. A few extra minutes can make a big difference and help prevent unnecessary accidents.
The leading cause of injury and death on the farm involves large machinery and equipment. Proper training is key to ensuring workers have the necessary skills and confidence to operate farm equipment. Whether you're using the auger, parking equipment to attempt any maintenance, or transporting equipment from one field or another, taking your time and assessing your alertness can decrease the chance of mishaps in the field.
Another safety issue you may face is around flowing grain. Be sure to alert all workers and family members to the dangers of flowing grain with grain bins and trucks. Never work alone, and never enter a bin while material is flowing, or where material has bridged or is hung-up overhead.
Another critical factor is around wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing. Wearing the appropriate clothing and correct PPE for each task can reduce the number of injuries and occupational illness that can happen.
By incorporating the above best practices into your day-to-day activities, you can minimize the risk of on farm incidents and create a safe environment for everyone on your farm.
Your safety and the safety of our employees will always remain our most important priority. We wish you a safe and prosperous harvest season.
President & CEO
Viterra North America