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Keep Safety Top of Mind

this Harvest Season

During the harvest season, make safety an integral part of your farming operations. At Viterra, our employees are continuously striving to ensure our work environments are as safe as possible. On the farm, it is also important to identify potential hazards and discuss a farm-wide plan to ensure safe and efficient execution of your operations. Below are some of these hazards and ways you can minimize the risk of incidents occurring:


Grain Handling / Storage Safety

  • Be sure to alert all workers and family members to the dangers of flowing grain
  • Inspect bins and make repairs prior to filling
  • When working with flowing grain and bins, try to work in teams of three with one to monitor, one to assist and one to go for help if needed. 
  • Have grates installed over discharge openings to avoid being drawn in
  • Never enter a bin while material is flowing, or where material has bridged or is hung-up overhead

Equipment Safety

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.

  • Ensure others are clear of the equipment you are operating
  • Ensure auger guards and shields are in place to avoid contact with moving parts
  • Check all machinery to ensure it is in good working order prior to operation
  • Take note of any fields where the landscape may have changed, compared to last harvest (i.e. water, washouts, debris, etc.)
  • Carry a cell phone or two-way radio, have all emergency numbers readily available, and always let someone know where you are working. 
  • Power down all equipment, ensure the machine is in park, and store keys securely in your pocket before exiting the driver’s seat, or attempting any maintenance 
  • Watch for power lines and other hazards when transporting equipment from one field to another

Harvest Safety Tips

  • Wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Avoid baggy clothes and ensure that long hair is tied back to prevent entanglement
  • Carry a fully charged fire extinguisher on all machinery
  • Keep appropriate first-aid materials in all vehicles and machinery
  • Take periodic breaks and incorporate physical activity to prevent fatigue 
  • Make areas around bins, equipment storage and high traffic areas “No Play” zones for children

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.



Kyle Jeworski

President & CEO




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