Harvest is here and with many important details on your mind, it’s important to take a moment to ensure you are prepared for a safe season. It is the peak time for agriculture related injuries, so be sure to slow down, plan well, and be alert. Harvest safety should be a top priority.
Be sure your equipment is in excellent working order and that any required maintenance or repairs are completed several weeks before harvest. Proper care and attention to your machinery and equipment will not only mitigate safety risks; it will also allow you to operate more efficiently and without delays.
There are many safety factors to consider when working with, on, and around your harvest equipment. Entanglement injuries, and slips and falls, are among the most common types of farm related injuries. Consider these reminders:
When working with equipment and machinery:
– Ensure only properly trained individuals are operating machinery,
– Make sure all protective guards and shields are in place,
– Clear plugged equipment only after the power is turned off,
– Be sure everyone in the field has some form of communication.
When working on ladders and platforms:
– Keep platforms clear of tools and objects,
– Ensure your footwear has non-slip soles,
– Clean ladders and platforms regularly,
– Use caution when getting in and out of machinery,
– Beware of wet, muddy, or icy surfaces.
When working around moulds and dust:
– Wear safety goggles and dust masks when necessary,
– Be sure to use clean and correct air filters on machinery,
– Take breaks to get some fresh air.
You and your team are the most valuable asset to a successful harvest. Be sure to take care of yourself during this busy season. Here are some quick reminders for easy ways to maintain your personal health and safety during these more stressful times:
– Get plenty of sleep at night,
– Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water,
– Keep fueled with healthy snacks,
– Wear close-fitting clothing and protective footwear,
– Take periodical breaks to stretch,
– Check in regularly when working in the field,
– Keep your phone and devices charged and close for quick emergency communication.