a checklist of jobs you can do now, before the rush to the
fields this spring. They'll help make this busy season safer
and save time, too.
the condition of work shoes, especially the soles, for signs
of wear or slippage. Make sure everyone who will be helping
in your operation this spring has adequate footwear.
a good pair of everyday work gloves for everyone who might
be working in the fields this spring. Make sure the gloves
fit well and provide a good grip and protection against
cuts and scrapes.
hydraulic hoses on all tractors, field cultivators, disks,
planters and seed bed conditioners. Look for cracks, fatigue
and other signs of wear that could indicate a greater risk
of hydraulic failure. Replace hoses if necessary.
the condition of hitchpins on all tractors and implements.
Make sure each hitchpin has a retainer clip.
all slow-moving vehicle signs (SMV) with a clean, damp cloth
to make sure they're visible to other motorists. Make sure
SMV signs are properly mounted on tractors and implements
that will be traveling slower than 25 miles per hour on
sure lights on equipment are in working order, especially
if you will be traveling after dark.
the fluid levels on tractors and perform other routine maintenance.
the operator's manuals for tractors and equipment. Review
the safety section in each manual and train other seasonal
jacks and safety stands for equipment so that they'll be
available when adjustments and other maintenance is performed
during planting season.
whether you have the proper clothing and equipment to transport
and apply anhydrous ammonia and pesticides. Make sure this
gear is in good repair.
news release 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: January 1994.
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