2012 Farm Safety & Health Week Tips

As farmers across Minnesota gear up for fall harvest, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding everyone of possible hazards of the season.  In observance of National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 16-23, 2012 MDA is offering tips and advice to ensure all Minnesotans are safe, whether they are harvesting fields or encountering farm equipment on roadways.

  • Be on the lookout for farm equipment, slow down when encountering slow moving vehicles, wait for a safe place to pass, and avoid cell phone use while driving.
  • Farmers - make yourself easy to be seen by using your lights and flashers and use slow moving vehicle emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 miles per hour.
  • Pay attention to all equipment's safety information, read operator's manual and warning decals.
  • Stay away from moving parts of equipment.
  • Shut down equipment, turn off the engine, remove key and wait for moving parts to stop before dismounting equipment.
  • Ensure you're getting enough sleep, meals, and water throughout the harvest season.
  • Do not enter grain bins that are being loaded or unloaded.
  • Always turn equipment off, lower hydraulics and remove the key before leaving equipment unattended.
  • Refrain from exposing children to farm hazards.

These safety tips have been provided courtesy of the National Safety Council, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and the University of Minnesota Extension.  Check out these tips and more at www.mda.state.mn.us/news/events/farmsafetyweek.aspx.