We all know about the danger of entanglement in combines and balers. But do you know how fast accidents can occur?
Snapping rolls on a cornhead pull in stalks at a rate of about 12 feet per second. It may appear to be a slow, easy rate, but never try to unplug a corn stalk in a live cornhead. The snapping rolls can pull the rest of the stalk -- AND your hand and arm -- into the machine in less than a second, which is about the same time it would take for you to release the stalk.
It's easy to forget your human limitations when you're around powerful machinery all day. But a few seconds can make a big difference, especially if you use them to be safe.
This radio public service announcement script was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm Program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: July 1992.
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