It is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Making sure you are prepared, especially if you are working alone, is important during the long harvest hours, says Monmouth Fire Captain Craig Cozadd:
“Farmers are putting in long, long, days and that is where you get tired and complacent and that is where the accidents happen. The main thing is making sure you are not overdoing it and being prepared. A lot of times you might be by yourself in those situations, you have trucks coming in and out, grain carts, and combines, and the big thing is making sure you have a way to contact people, obviously having a charged cellphone at all times. Also, pretty much all the people I know who operate, they do have fire extinguishers, water APW’s, but also if you do start to have a fire situation, call the fire department early. Be prepared for what could happen and that is to call 911, having extinguishers ready, and a first aid kit of some sort if you get in a situation where you are injured.”
The third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week since 1944.
Agricultural Engineering Safety Lesson Plan: Combine Operator Safety details can be found at the following link: https://nasdonline.org/951/d000792/agricultural-engineering-safety-lesson-plan-combine-operator-safety.html.