Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

Sleep Deprivation Is Real - Avoid An Exxon Valdez Disaster

Posted by Marty Huseman on Oct 10, 2017

 Some of the world’s most disastrous accidents are related to sleep deprivation and fatigue; Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and The Challenger Explosion.  These well-known global catastrophes are a reminder that sleep is utterly crucial.

 When push comes to shove, many of us, when confronted with completing a task will extend our work day by first robbing our sleep time. Our sleep time is simply undervalued. The common link between these 5 disasters are; lowered alertness, inattention, and delayed reaction due to sleep deprivation.                 (also see Harvest Safety - Preventing Fatigue)

 

 

 

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Topics: harvest, fatigue/sleep

Respiratory Health: Harvest Dust Management

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 28, 2017

Are you dreading breathing in dust this harvest season?  The way it makes you feel crappy, stuffed up, having a runny nose, a cough and affecting your overall health?  It’s certainly understandable.

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Topics: harvest, air/respiratory

PRE-HARVEST SAFETY: BE PREPARED TO SHARE THE ROAD

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 31, 2017

During harvest, you have a huge amount of work to do within a very short window of time. Put yourself in the best position possible for a safe harvest season by being prepared. Here are some safety tips to think about before harvest and field operations.

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Topics: harvest, driving

YOUR PRE-HARVEST SAFETY TRAINING

Posted by Don Tyler on Aug 24, 2017

Regardless of the crops you grow, harvest season is one of the most hazardous times of the year.  There are a wide range of activities, extensive equipment operation, long hours, dust and chaff, multiple fire hazards, and time pressure that all increase the risk of injury.

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Topics: harvest, safety training program

Keep it Together When Extracting Stuck Farm Equipment

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 23, 2017

Few farm experiences compare to the dread of calling a family member or coworker from the cab and telling them, “I’m stuck”.  Equipment stuck in the field is a total disruption of what is already a challenging and difficult season.

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Topics: harvest, extracting stuck equipment

Keep it Together When Extracting Stuck Farm Equipment

Posted by Good Day's Work on Oct 13, 2016

Few farm experiences compare to the dread of calling a family member or coworker from the cab and telling them, “I’m stuck”.  Equipment stuck in the field is a total disruption of what is already a challenging and difficult season.

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Topics: harvest, extracting stuck equipment

Harvest Safety—Preventing Fatigue

Posted by Don Tyler on Oct 11, 2016

When the weather during harvest is good and the crop is ready, it’s hard to stay out of the field if you can run.  As the season progresses, weather delays, equipment problems and other issues that delay harvest can make for long days that stretch the limits of our endurance.  Fatigue can set in, creating an even more hazardous situation around very hazardous equipment.

We need to keep everyone safe during the extended harvest season.  Without adequate sleep we can become irritable, quiet, withdrawn and unfocused.  We can also experience poor memory retention, blurred vision, extended yawning and increased illness due to a compromised immune system.  All these potentially negative outcomes require us to take action to prevent fatigue.

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Topics: harvest, fatigue/sleep

Safety tips to prevent harvest fires

Posted by Don Tyler on Oct 6, 2016

Fires during harvest season are very common and can be caused by a variety of factors.  Though all fires are devastating, fires in the fall have the additional potential of ruining an expensive harvester, burning off a crop that is at full maturity and costly delays to get back to the field.  Some of the most common causes of fires during the harvest season include: 

  • Oil and grease mixed with flammable crop residue that has built up around hot engine parts.
  • Sparks from exhaust of harvesters, trucks and ATV’s in the field.
  • Dry, worn bearings and equipment malfunctions that overheat or cause sparks.
  • Hitting rocks or other objects in the field that causes a spark.
  • Doing maintenance such as welding, cutting or drilling in a field with dry residue.

 

 

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Topics: harvest, fire

PRE-HARVEST SAFETY: BE PREPARED TO SHARE THE ROAD

Posted by Good Day's Work on Sep 6, 2016

During harvest, you have a huge amount of work to do within a very short window of time. Put yourself in the best position possible for a safe harvest season by being prepared. Here are some safety tips to think about before harvest and field operations.

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Topics: harvest, driving

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