(Posted Tue. Sep 13th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association is partnering with the National Grain and Feed Association to remind farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. Jim Seibert, NGFA’s manager of training, safety and regulatory affairs, notes about 70% of grain entrapment happens on the nation’s farms.
The NGFA is pleased to introduce a new series - "Safety Tips" - that will be published periodically as part of the Association's continued commitment to safety in the workplace. These documents are designed to provide more information on certain types of hazards and suggested ways to protect employees through safety best practices. You will find lots of in-depth safety information on the NGFA site.
With farmers across the country hitting the fields in their combines, NCGA offers both a list of safety reminders and a video on the important topic of grain bin safety.
- Reduce vehicle width as much as possible and ensure adequate warning lighting.
- Use “Slow Moving Vehicle” signs on all slow moving equipment.
- Be incredibly careful when approaching harvesting equipment. Approach from the front and gain eye contact with the operator before approaching.
- Ensure the harvesting equipment is fully stopped and disengaged before climbing onto a vehicle.
- Do not place yourself near any unguarded or otherwise running machinery.
- Avoid pinch points between equipment – such as tractors with grain wagons. Visibility can be limited and serious injury can occur.
- Watch for trucks backing up or pulling away. Steer clear and maintain eye contact with the driver if you approach a truck or tractor.
- Entanglement hazards can happen very quickly.
- Do not ever try to unplug any equipment without disengaging power and removing energy from the equipment.
- Never pull or try to remove plugged plants from an operating machine.
- Always keep shields in place to avoid snags and entanglement when working around equipment.
- Be careful climbing on and off equipment.
- Be alert and extremely careful when working in wet or slippery conditions.
- Keep all walkways and platforms open and free of tools, dust, debris or other obstacles. Clean all walkways and platforms before use.
- Wear clothing that is well fitting and not baggy or loose. Also wear proper non-slip, closed toe shoes.
- Use grab bars when mounting or dismounting machinery. Face machinery when dismounting and never jump from equipment.
- Never dismount from a moving vehicle.
- Carry a fire extinguisher with you in your vehicle (A-B-C, 5 or 10 pound).
- Remove dust and buildup from equipment. Check bearings regularly to prevent overheating and chance of fire.
Grain Wagon Safety
- Be careful to monitor grain wagon weight to never exceed maximum weight limits. As weight increases, grain wagons can be more difficult to control.
- Load grain wagons evenly to distribute weight to prevent weaving or instability across the grain wagon.
- Inspect grain wagon tires and replace any worn or cracked tires.
In addition to these tips, NCGA is again offering a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures and reviewing helpful guidelines.
To view the video, click here.
First released in 2011, this video remains relevant and illustrates the significant threat bin entrapment can pose.