Harvest Safety

Every day, our lives are touched by the hard work and dedication of farmers and ranchers. Farm and ranch families work hard to bring in the crop at the end of the day. There are long hours, dirty work out in the field or feedlot, juggling many duties at one time, crop markets, livestock markets, equipment breakdowns, weather watching, high costs, plus family activities. Farmers and ranchers are known for their work ethic and dedication.

During harvest season, many hours will be spent in combines, tractors, trucks, and other harvest equipment. Farmers are at very high risk for injuries. These injuries may happen simply by taking shortcuts to complete routine tasks, not getting enough sleep or regular breaks, slips or falls, or failing to be safe.

Harvest season comes with many stresses. Take some time to review this safety checklist before you start this harvest season.

  • Know your machinery. You may be less familiar with seasonal machinery used only a few weeks each year. Review the operator guide(s).
  • Complete repairs before harvest.
  • Always turn off the engine before trying to fix a machine.
  • Always keep protective shields in place.
  • Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes with non-slip soles and use grab bars when climbing onto or down from machinery.

Know that being tired, stress, drugs or alcohol, and age may affect your work.

Clean mud, crop dust, or other debris from steps and other areas.

Wear seat belts.

Limit riders on equipment.

Be sure that all lights work and use them when driving from field to field on rural roads.

Take your time, shortcuts may lead to accidents.

Four Corners Health Department celebrates our area farmers and ranchers. We wish all farmers a safe harvest season. Please be careful when driving on rural roads and be patient when following large machinery. For more information, contact Four Corners Health Department at info@fourcorners.ne.gov, 402-362-2621, or toll-free at 877-337-3573.