It is finally time for fall harvest. Harvesting takes place anytime from mid-September to November, but it is most common throughout October! It is important to take safety precautions while out in the field. Keep reading to learn about a few necessary safety tips for this harvest season!
Read Over Equipment Manuals
Before starting up machinery, it is important to get a refresher on all of the equipment. It is possible that the last time these machines have been in use was a whole year ago. It never hurts to be prepared and refresh your memory. Make sure that anyone that may use the equipment or anyone that will be in the surrounding areas will read the manuals. It is not as effective if only one person in the whole group reads through them. Take time to go over the usage and steps as a group to discuss.
Develop Emergency Plans
Although it is never something you want to think about, things may go awry while harvesting. It is always vital to have a plan in place in case of unanticipated circumstances. Create plans for various situations and make these plans known to all workers or family members. Running through drills is the best way to make sure everyone knows what to do in the emergency situations.
Train All Users on Machines
This tip goes hand-in-hand with refreshing all members on the manuals. Since it has been months since some of the machines have been in use, it is important that everyone knows exactly how to use them. Make sure that everyone is trained on all pieces of equipment, just in case they need to step in unexpectedly to take over. Something as simple as training all family members or workers on how to use the machines is going to save you time and money in the long wrong. Safety training goes right along with this step. While teaching someone how to use equipment, teach them the safety precautions as well!
Use Safety While on the Roads
It is recommended to drive large machinery on the roads during quiet, inactive times of the day. The best times would be early morning before commuters are driving to work and late at night. When possible, use roads that are known to have less traffic. Asking someone to drive in a car ahead or behind the equipment on the road is a great safety precaution for both you and other drivers. Most other drivers on the road should know how to be respectful and cautious while on the road during harvest time. Remember to take things slow and always be aware of your surroundings.
These are just a few simple tips to help harvest season go off without a hitch! These upcoming weeks are going to be busy for a lot of farmers. Make sure to get plenty of rest and don’t be afraid to stop if you need a break. Use these tips in order to stay safe and prepared for the hard work ahead.