Gravity Wagon Safety

With harvest starting, I thought I’d post a series of articles about combine and grain handling safety.  This article by Successful Farming gives some of the basics of gravity wagon safety.  Gravity wagons are especially dangerous for kids, because the outside ladders make them easier to access and the sound of the auger can make it more difficult to hear if someone is inside. Kids can be really tempted to play in grain, and it’s important to teach them that it’s not safe and to prevent them from accessing grain storage and handling areas.

The article doesn’t mention on-road hazards, but also make sure that your slow moving vehicle signs are in good shape, especially if you’re hauling wagons after dark.  I got behind someone hauling wagons around 8:00 at night a few days ago and their sign wasn’t reflecting at all.  I was having a hard time seeing them or judging how fast they were going. The newer signs that are super reflective can be seen from much farther away even in very low light, so that it’s easier for other drivers to see you.  It might not seem like it would make a big difference, but it really does if you’re driving after dark.

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Silage Safety

I spent most of last weekend hauling wagons to help fill silage bags so I thought I’d share this article from Feed Lot on silage safety.  This article is about bunker silos, but many of the tips apply to bags and towers too.  In my experience bunkers and bags seem to be safer than towers because you’re removing the risk of falls, some  equipment-related risks, and the risk of trying to deal with mold or gasses in an enclosed space, but all types of silos come with their own set of hazards.  One major hazard that is unique to bunker silos is the risk of becoming engulfed if the pile falls down.  This can happen during loading and unloading. You can minimize the risk by making the pile shorter and by removing silage from the top first.

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National Farm Safety and Health Week Webinars

It’s National Farm Safety and Health week, and the AgriSafe network is hosting a series of online seminars.  You can participate in the seminars directly by registering on the AgriSafe website then following the login instructions on the day of the seminar, or you can view them afterwards by clicking on the video links.  All of the sessions all of the sessions are free and open to the public! It seems like it’s taking a few hours for them get the videos uploaded after the live sessions end though, so if the video you want to see isn’t available right away, try checking again in a few hours.

Click here to see the event list and to register

 The topics for this year’s sessions are:

New Immigrants in the Midwest and Agricultural Health Implications

Respiratory Health and Personal Protective Equipment for Ag Producers

Children and Tractors: Myths, Facts, or “Other”

Train the Trainer: Hazard Mapping in the Ag Classroom

Safe and Healthy Recovery After a Farm Flood

Confined Space – Grain Bin Entry

Optimizing the Health of the Female Agricultural Producer

AgriSafe also has a great Youtube channel that covers a lot of the  topics from this and from previous National Farm Safety and Health Week seminars.

Click here to see the AgriSafe Youtube channel