Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

Practice Road Safety with Farm Equipment – Here’s Why!

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 26, 2019

Nationwide, a U.S. farm insurer tallied up three years of agribusiness claims and released their top 10 commercial agribusiness claims in 2017.  The top 10 list accounted for 50,000+ claims. Leading the list was motor vehicle accidents!  Motor vehicles accidents accounted for more than 20,000 claims.  The most frequent accidents were rear end accidents, backing into vehicles and accidental strike of stationary object. 

Nationwide's Top 10 Commercial Agribusiness Claims
    1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
    2. Worker's Compensation for Disability or Death
    3. Misapplication of Chemicals or Drift 
    4. Slip, Trip, or Injury
    5. Food Related Claims

Farmers and their equipment share the road with the motoring public. Both have visions on how the road best serves them.  This blog addresses areas a farm manager can control for safe traveling this fall.

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Topics: tractors, harvest, combines, driving

Sleep Deprivation: Are You Courting Disaster?

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 24, 2019

What do these infamous calamities have in common: the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and The Challenger Explosion? Each of them happened when the crews had been at work for hours and were sleep deprived and fatigued, leading to the mistakes that caused them. These events serve as tragic reminders that sleep is an essential part of staying safe at work. 

 

 

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Topics: harvest, fatigue/sleep

Grain Dust Exposure: Act Now

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 17, 2019

Do you dread the dust from harvest? Do you end up feeling stuffed up, with a runny nose, a cough, and generally crappy? 

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Topics: harvest, air/respiratory

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

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