It's a miserable day. The weather changes from snow to rain and your farmstead is muddy, too.
Grinding feed is on today's agenda, so you set up the mixer as best you can on the muddy lot. A quick check of the PTO guard, and you're ready to get started.
The muddy, wet, and possibly icy conditions can make footing unsure. One slip and you're next to the power take-off unit. No guard can help in that situation.
Always check for secondary hazards whenever you use farm machinery or equipment. Spilled grain or feed, manure, ice, and mud can be as hazardous as the power take-off unit.
Don't take chances. Clean up the work area. Keep your distance from powered equipment. Use extra precautions in marginal conditions.
This message is part of Iowa State University Extension's new SAFE FARM program. Contact your Extension office for your copy of a new fact sheet about machinery and equipment safety.
This 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: March 1992
Disclaimer and Reproduction Information: Information in NASD does not represent NIOSH policy. Information included in NASD appears by permission of the author and/or copyright holder. More