The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
October 2018

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
For a printable version please click here.

Safe Driving During Harvest Season

Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: As tractors, combines, and grain trucks begin to appear on Ohio roads, roadway safety becomes a focus for all who share the road with farm machinery.

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Rural Roadway Safety

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health provides a webpage specific to rural roadway safety. The page contains handouts, posters, videos, and media stories all related to keeping the agricultural roadways safe.   Here is the link to the site for more information:

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Ohio AgrAbility at 2018 Farm Science Review

Laura Akgerman – Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility: The Ohio AgrAbility Program’s dual missions of education and assistance to farmers with disabilities were on display at the 2018 Farm Science Review September 18 – 20. Staff, farmers and vendors were on hand to answer questions, greet visitors, demonstrate assistive technology and equipment, and talk about Ohio AgrAbility.

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Safety During Harvest Season

Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator: As harvest season begins, safety should be a priority on the farm and with grain handling operations. Consider that it is a time that involves long hours and the need for multiple pieces of equipment working simultaneously to be efficient and productive. The continuous activity, diminished daylight and stresses that can be associated with harvest can often lead to agricultural related injuries.

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Combine Fire Precautions

Rory Lewandowski – OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County: Each year I see photos and video clips of combine fires come across my twitter feed.  This year has been no different.  Some of the comments on photos and videos of 2018 combine fires mention how quickly fires started, spread and engulfed the combine. 

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Upcoming Events Focused on Preparedness

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: It is a busy month on the preparedness awareness front. Join in some of the events listed below to help foster readiness in your community.

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