We all hear about farmers who get caught underneath their combine or in the intake area. As tragic as these accidents may seem, you have a greater risk of being hurt by falling off your combine.
Consider this: combines are 12 to 14 feet off the ground, and operator's platforms are at least 6 feet up. You probably mount and dismount your machine dozens of times a day, increasing your risk of a fall.
Beware of metal ladders and platforms. Under normal conditions, they can be slippery. They become treacherous when covered with grain, mud, rain, snow, or ice.
Keep those areas free of tools or other objects. Make sure platforms and ladders are clean. Wear shoes with non-slip soles. And understand that fatigue, stress, drugs or alcohol can affect your stability.
Prepare to be safe this harvest season.
This message comes to you as part of the Safe Farm program at Iowa State University. For your free copy of the new Safe Farm publication on harvest safety, contact at the County ISU Extension office.
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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