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Tractor Hitch Pins - Don't Count on Luck!

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 5, 2019

There is a lot riding on the correct grade of hitch pin that links the implement to the tractor or truck. In fact, the hitch pin is a critical component in keeping control of implements we pull. More often than not a hitch pin is selected based on its diameter and length. Rarely is strength the top consideration. 

According to Fred Whitford, Purdue University, the bent hitch pins pictured below indicates that somebody got lucky!  A bent pin is a sign you needed something stronger, so pitch them before they get used during harvest because they're handy.  Better yet....pitch them so they never get used again. It may be just fine in the field, however, you open yourself up to much more risk when you take equipment on roadways.  

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Topics: tractors, safety culture, insurance/ risk management

4 Best Practices for Farm Safety

Posted by Good Day's Work on Sep 3, 2019

During busy seasons, farm safety can take a backseat to other business priorities critical to success. However, safety needs to be part of your critical success factor. Just one accident could affect your ag operation personally and financially, especially if it could have been prevented. Plan your pre-harvest training and safety meeting now to set tone for how your agribusiness will operate for the remainder of the year.

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Topics: safety culture, farm, slips/trips/falls, personal protective equipment (PPE)

How to scale safety training programs across many locations

Posted by Good Day's Work on Feb 19, 2018

When selecting and building a safety training program, it’s largely agreed that a single system is most effective, especially for tracking. While that’s a top priority, we’ve often found 2 other factors that are overlooked when it comes to effective safety training:

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Topics: safety director, safety culture, safety training program

How To Use Goal Setting To Move Your 2018 Safety Program Forward

Posted by Marty Huseman on Dec 14, 2017

December is upon us and it’s time to look at your safety program for 2018. With everything you’ve accomplished in 2017, what is going to move your program forward for 2018? 

When I managed a fast growing company earlier in my career, goal setting made a crucial impact on the success. It forced me to look much further out into the future, envision where the company could go and create how we were going to get there. No matter where you are today with your safety program, moving your program forward is key to lowering workers’ compensation claims, improving employee safety IQ and having active participation in developing safety culture.

 Let’s look at 3 steps to consider when putting the 2018 goals and plans together.

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Topics: safety culture, safety training program, productivity / goals / motivation

Dupont Bradley Curve - Should I Learn More About Safety Culture?

Posted by Marty Huseman on Oct 26, 2017

Why would a big corporation’s safety culture model have any relevance to safety in Agriculture?  If you are not familiar with the DuPont Bradley Curve, I strongly suggest learning more about it as it can shape how you think about safety first and its effect on productivity, quality of work, the work environment and profitability. The Bradley Curve shows an evolution of an organization's safety culture. This model allows you to place your organizations' culture along the curve and give insights to the vision of zero injuries. 

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Topics: safety culture, OSHA law & compliance, productivity / goals / motivation

SAFETY TRAINING USING BLENDED LEARNING

Posted by Don Tyler on Aug 17, 2017

Blended Learning refers to the use of a variety of training tools to maximize retention of the material.  It may include a broad range of techniques including pre-knowledge assessments, performance goals,          e-learning, live training, individual training, post-knowledge assessments and virtual or live coaching.

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Topics: safety culture, safety training program

Running a Farm Safety Program: Getting Employee & Management Buy-In.

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 15, 2017

Your farm-safety program doesn’t have to be complicated, but, for it to work, everyone in the operation needs to buy into it. These seven steps will help you convince managers and employees to take ownership of the safety program and drive the safety agenda.

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Topics: safety culture, safety training program, agriculture

Safety Meetings: How to Achieve Your Desired Safety Culture

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 15, 2017

You work tirelessly researching and studying OSHA's regulations and various training requirements to keep your farm safe. You study the Bradley Curve, and try to find ways to lower your farm's DART rating. And nobody knows better than you about how to find fantastic information about creating and fostering a safety culture in the workplace.

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Topics: safety culture

Do You Need a Safety Training Consultant?

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

Running an agriculture operation is hard work. It’s also dangerous work. Every year agriculture finds itself at the top of the list of the ten most dangerous industries in the United States. Little wonder, then, that OSHA has started paying more attention to farms, feedlots, dairies, and other ag operations. And with the cost of OSHA citations increasing, farmers and ranchers simply can’t afford to let unsafe operating practices go overlooked.

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Topics: safety director, safety culture, safety training program

10 Ways to Achieve Safety Compliance In Your Operation

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jan 26, 2017

Agriculture is a dangerous industry. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make it safer. Below are a few examples of good practices that will make your operation safer.

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Topics: safety culture, agriculture

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