Prioritize silage safety: Print your checklist
Uneven footing, hazardous gasses, long working hours, and reduced visibility are just a few of the risks that are all too common on many operations. This season we want safety to be top of mind. Complete safety is having everyone return safely to their loved ones at the end of each day. By reviewing safety procedures and tips before and throughout the season, workplace quality will improve and help reduce work time losses.
Below is a list of our top safety tips for the spring forage season:
- Ensure you’re visible. Wear a safety vest and appropriate clothing to ensure visibility around large equipment, especially at dusk and at night.
- Minimize people on-foot around areas where wagons, trucks or tractors will be passing.
- Watch your footing. Safely remove covers and don’t get too close to the edge. Watch for loose or unstable areas that may result in a fall. Always know where you are on the pile and be careful when walking at the base or top of the silage face.
- Use a harness connected to a safety line or have machinery in place with a safety railing when moving tires or plastic on silage piles.
- Air out your work area. Gases from new silos, piles, and bags can be lethal. Ventilate an area for at least 30 minutes before entering and always partner up on these jobs.
- Identify hazards before collecting samples. If the bunk can’t be sampled safely, think about options that will yield similar information or results.
- Can I secure an adequate sample from a safe distance? (3 times height of silage from ground to highest point)
- Has the face been managed properly?
- Will someone be with me or know I am obtaining a sample?
- Follow the product label. Be sure to properly handle and store chemical products.
- Take care of yourself. Farming comes with long hours. Make personal care a priority so you’re feeling your best and staying safe.
Download a copy of this list to use on your own operation here, and let’s make this the safest forage season yet!