Ag Safety STAT : September 2015

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an electronic newsletter prepared by team members from the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Office. The goal is to provide seasonal safety news and activities that may be re-published in your own newsletters or programs. If you have safety-related questions or program ideas that you would like to share, please contact Dee Jepsen at
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  1. National Farm Safety and Health Week

    “Ag Safety is Not Just a Slogan, It’s a Lifestyle”

    This is the theme for the 2015 National Farm Safety and Health Week, observed September 20-26. The theme reminds local and rural communities that agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S.  This industry, which includes farming, forestry and fishing, accounts for 500 fatalities each year (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013).

    Since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first document. Over the years, the development and dissemination of National Farm Safety & Health Week materials shifted from the National Safety Council to National Education Center for Ag Safety (NECAS). NECAS is the agricultural partner for the National Safety Council and has been serving the agricultural family and business community since 1997.

    As the theme suggests, practicing safety is something we should do, not something we merely say. While it is great to profess our attitude for safety, it is much more admirable to practice it everyday in our daily actions.

    NECAS will host a webinar each day and a chat session on Tuesday. The webinars focus on the following themes:

                Monday- Rural Roadway Safety

                Tuesday- Confined Spaces in Agriculture

                Wednesday- Children’s Safety

                Thursday- Health

                Friday- Tractor Safety

    To join the webinars visit Chat with them on ‘AgChat’, Sept 22, from 7-9 pm (CST). For more information about National Farm Safety & Health Week, visit

    What we are doing in Ohio to support National Farm Safety and Health Week

    The OSU Ag Safety & Health Office invites county Extension offices, Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters, ag businesses, on-farm agricultural tourism operations, and other farm or interested individuals to like us on Facebook. Our social media site will post daily safety and health messages each day of Farm Safety Week that can be shared on other’s home pages.

  2. Grain C.A.R.T. Receives National Recognition

    The Grain C.A.R.T. program received a Blue Ribbon Award this past summer at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).  This award is similar to NACAA or our OSU Epsilon Sigma Phi Teaching Awards where applications are submitted to different categories. The Grain C.A.R.T. was a winning entry as an Extension Innovative Method.

    A state recognition program will be part of the Thursday luncheon at this year’s Farm Science Review.

  3. Grain C.A.R.T. Training Program

    Interested in having the Grain C.A.R.T. come to your area?

    An OSU Extension in-service will be offered for all OSU educators (of any program area). This training will provide you with the information needed to:

    1. Schedule the CART for your community.
    2. Learn about the two types of educational programs available with the CART: Grain Awareness & Prevention and Agricultural Rescue technical training with the Ohio Fire Academy.
    3. Provide curriculum for teaching the Prevention & Awareness topics.
    4. Learn how local communities have sponsored their training programs and received rescue equipment through local, state and national sponsors.

    The in-service will be held in conjunction with Farm Science Review week. Plan to attend one of the 1.5 hour sessions to get the information you need to program in your local area.

    Date and Time:  September 22, 23, 24 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 3 - 4:30pm

                               September 25 (Friday) from 10 – 11:30am

    Click the following link to register

    Contact Dee Jepsen with additional questions. 614-292-6008


  4. Safe Combine Operation

    Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator
    As we head into fall and look forward to harvest season, consider safety as part of your harvest planning process.  Continuous activity, diminished daylight and stresses that can be associated with harvest can often lead to agricultural related injuries. It is a time that involves the use of multiple pieces of farm equipment working simultaneously, to reach the end goal of completing harvest. The most important piece of equipment during harvest is the combine and safe operation of the combine starts with the operator.  Combine operators should consider these guidelines during harvest:
    - Follow the procedures in the operator's manual for safe operation, maintenance, dealing with blockages and other problems.
    - Check all guards are in position and correctly fitted before starting work. Do not run the combine with the guards raised or removed.
    - Keep equipment properly maintained and insure equipment has adequate lighting for working in low light conditions.
    - Reduce the risk of falls by ensuring access ladders, steps, or standing platforms are clean and free of mud or debris.
    - Never carry passengers on the combine unless seated in a passenger seat and do not mount or dismount the combine when it is moving.
    - Make sure to keep cab windows clean and mirrors are properly adjusted. Operator vision to the rear may be poor so be particularly careful when reversing.
    - Keep the cab door shut to keep out dust and reduce noise. Ensure any pedestrians are clear of the combine before moving.
    - Be alert to your surroundings. Know where other equipment is being positioned and be observant to individuals who may be walking around the equipment. Maintain eye contact and communicate your intentions with the other person.
    - When unloading the combine on the move, you will need to plan and coordinate your movements carefully to match the tractor/grain cart working with you.
    -  Remember the hazards posed by straw choppers and spreaders – allow adequate rundown time before approaching the rear of the combine.
    - Do not operate the machine beyond its capacity or overload it.
    - Regularly clean straw and chaff deposits from the engine compartment and around belts or pulleys to reduce risk of fire.
    - Carry suitable fire extinguishers. These should be regularly checked and properly maintained/ serviced.
    - Use extreme caution when working around overhead power lines, especially when extending the unloading auger or bin extensions.
    - Follow correct procedures when transferring the header on and off the header cart, or working under the header (use the manufacturer’s safety supports).
    - Utilize safe travel routes between fields, and take into account overhead and roadway width clearances. 
    - Pre-plan road travel to account for potential problems with automobile traffic. Utilize escort vehicles when needed.
    For more information about OSU Ag Safety visit or contact Kent McGuire, OSU Agricultural Safety & Health, at or 614-292-0588.


  5. Tractor Safety