How To Be Safe During Harvest Time

Fall is a busy time with many farm workers using equipment in order to harvest produce on the farm and orchard. Farmers and farm workers are at risk for injury and fatalities.

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Michigan State Unviersity Extension offers some farm safety tips to keep in mind during the harvest season:

  • Install Slow-Moving Vehicle (SMV) signs.
  • Wear seat belts.
  • Put equipment in neutral or park, engage parking brake, and turn off engine before dismounting.
  • Wait until all mechanisms have stopped moving before attempting to service or unclog a machine.
  • Locking hydraulic cylinders or supporting the head prior to working under it is always recommended.
  • Limit riders on equipment.
  • Keep all guards in place.
  • Train all operators to safely operate the equipment.
  • Have all safety equipment in proper condition and ready to use such as safety glasses, hearing protection and respiratory masks.
  • Have ROPS (rollover protective structures) fitted on tractors.

For more farm safety tips at harvest, click here.