Warm weather means hay and silage season for many farms. Moving parts, dusts, long days, and roadway hazards are a few of the ways haying and silage harvest can become dangerous.
Prevent a serious illness, injury, or delay that could result from skipping on safety by checking in with the harvest team this month.
- Are equipment and machinery maintained and functioning properly? For example: tractor, baler, chopper, haybine, hay rake, semi or chopper box, unloaders.
- Are guards, shields, and safety stickers in place and in good condition?
- Is maintenance done only when equipment is powered down? Consider a lock-out-tag-out system.
- Are equipment operators aware of any steep inclines, ravines, or obstacles in the field that are hazardous?
- Are children kept away from this work site and off equipment?
- Are workers wearing properly fitting clothing? Slim-fit clothes and no-slip work shoes are necessary.
- Does roadway equipment have proper lighting and slow-moving signage?
- Are you keeping three points of contact when climbing structures like silos?
- Are workers using established hand signals and wearing a safety vest on the work site?
- Are harvest team members trained with safety instructions, emergency procedures?
- Is there an ABC Fire Extinguisher charged and ready to use in all equipment?
- Are equipment operators aware of the limitations of their equipment?
You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm. Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST
Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to ensure your safety.
WHAT IS THE UMASH FARM SAFETY CHECK?
The UMASH Farm Safety Check is a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.
Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips for identifying hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems. Use the Farm Safety Check checklists and resources to reinforce safety practices throughout the year and help prevent incidents and injuries for workers, visitors, and farm families.