At CHS Prairie Lakes, 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 this summer!
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.
Cleaning Bins, Bridged Grain and General Safety
Last fall, many bushels of grain went into storage in poor conditions. This increases the risk of bridging, crusting, and other grain storage dangers. Especially this year, please review the safety tips below to ensure you and your family remain safe while working with grain.
Grain bins can be dangerous places. Purdue University researchers report that bin-related injuries such as entrapments, equipment entanglements and asphyxia are on the rise – more than 60 incidents occurred in the U.S. in 2018.
Here are the top three things you can do to promote safe practices around grain bins:
- Review safe grain bin entry procedures. Sometimes it’s necessary to enter a grain bin but think twice before you do to avoid falling victim to the top hazards associated with grain bins.
- Remind those around you to stay safe. Encourage your employees, loved ones and fellow farmers to always wear safety harnesses when working around bins. Never enter a grain bin alone and turn off augers before entering a grain bin or silo. Using a fan can help move air and move any potential hazardous gas out of the bin. If the air in a bin smells like spoiled or moldy grain, that could indicate there are grain bridges or vertical grain walls that could collapse.
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, gas systems and piping 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
From your team at CHS Prairie Lakes, we wish you a safe harvest season!