Fall Harvest Safety Reminders
As the weather begins to cool and fall approaches so does harvest time. While harvest time involves long hours and stressful days, it is still important to remember these tips to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. This article on Farms.com is a great reminder of how to handle harvest season safely.
Equipment safety is always a top priority when working on a farm. Here are some key reminders:
- Make sure to conduct routine checks to determine if equipment is in good condition.
- Using equipment with rollover protective structure (ROPS) is always recommended.
- Shutting off equipment every time you get out, helps to prevent accidents from happening when fixing or checking equipment.
- If traveling on roadways make sure lighting and implements are working on tractor.
- Avoid using busy roads or traveling during high commute times.
Often times harvest come with late nights and little sleep. Your health is very important so make sure you are resting and taking breaks as needed. Staying hydrated, eating snacks and meals, and taking time to get out of the tractor to stretch will help to keep energy levels up. Listen to your body and do not ignore sleep. It may be tempting to work through the night, but sleep will help rejuvenate you for the next day.
Finally, ensure that all farm help is being properly trained and following the above safety tips. Check in with other workers to make sure they are taking breaks and feel comfortable with their tasks. Make sure all workers are given proper personal protective equipment such as ear plugs, gloves, and safety glasses.
This harvest season make sure you are taking good care of yourself, other workers, and equipment. Following these tips will ensure that you and your family have a safe and healthy harvest.