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SENTINEL TRIBUNE HAR00:EST SAFETY Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Page 7 Harvest Safety Reminders Tom Dorn UNL Extension Educator Harvest will soon be underway and we will be into one of the busiest times of the year for farmers. Long hours and dangerous working conditions are accepted as a normal part of the life of a farmer but no one should become a statistic for the sake of getting done a day or two earlier. Some Safety Tips for Farmers Stay alert. Take breaks -- get out of the cab and walk around every few hours. Shut down before working on a machine. If the combine becomes clogged, shut oiTthe motor, not just the header, before attempting to un- plug it by hand. Know where your co-workers are. Visibility is poor around large ma- chinery. Many deaths are the result of bystanders being run over or crushed between machines. - Never trust hydraulic systems when working under a machine. Always use a safety prop if you must work un- der a header or other heavy machinery. Never step over a rotating PTO. m few extra steps to walk around the tractor isn't worth losing your life over. Never stand on grain that is being moved. Every year people "'drown'" in grain carts and grain bins that are being emptied. Keep grain auger grates and shields in place. If you must move machinery on a roadway after dark, have working headlights and flashing front and rear warning lights. Safety Tips for Rural Residents Remember to be watchful on county roads during harvest. A car going 50 mph coming up behind a farm imple- ment moving at 1 5 mph closes at a rate of over 50 feet per second. Don't pull out in front of farm vehicles. Heavily loaded trucks and grain trailers can't stop as quickly as a passenger car. Watch out.* Trucks and farm equip- ment may be entering the roadway from field lanes in places where you wouldn't normally expect them. o Give them room. Eight-row headers are over 25 feet wide and take up near- ly all of a roadway. When overtaking a combine, give the farmer time to see you and to find a place where he/she can pull over and make room for you to pass. Never try to pass a combine or other implement on the shoulder of the road and never attempt to pass until the driver is aware of your presence. Harvest activity can disturb deer causing them to be on the move dur- ing times of the day they are usually lying down. Be especially alert for deer during harvest. Safety on the farm isn't just a one-week project-- it's important all year. We've put together these simple steps to make our farms safer places to work: Keep machines in good working order. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in plain view. Store chemicals properly and label them clearly. Always keep machine guards in place. Everyone depends; c 1 a s tfe havest =n [ Sentin_ ei Trib_____un00i I Westbr00k Walnut I 2 8oo-4,o-,859 I Grove Chargers .... - ...... [,,, 507-274-6111 or 507-859-2142 ,.,...,,,,.ell I ii ! ] 3'i 59 330th St. We?brook, MN 56183 Cf ]J'Good (507) 274-5132 Wesllorook (507)829-5242Cell , ( sa.mar n L' ) boclety-  ?,,''" emai,: michael.hass@ plantoioneer.com  W,s'r,,noo, Serving our local custom'so Westbr00k, MN 50%274-5555 507-274-6155 " The place where 11 care, quality I and love go hand in hand. Walnut Grove 100 US HWY 14 WALNUT GROVE, MN 56180 5074159-4408 - OFFICE 212556 FARM - HOME - AUTO -CROP- BUSINESS.- LIFE - HEALTH MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT-FREE QUOTES $07-828-7050 - (ELL I'IPLER 5074122-2915 - CELL HFJDI EMAIL - ns.oen I First Security Bank Phone 507-445-3417 17t9 na00miv00 VVestbr?LK" area/" EXPWt00ce! Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 I [rlose rll ks Retpla  N Hansen Agri-Commodities Gregg Hansen, Risk Management Advisor (507) 763-3991 6atria, MN ,s, |