Accidents are preventable and prevention starts with you. Below are four farm equipment safety tips for your farm.
When you use a combine, it is a good idea to clean up any fuel you might have spilled before you turn on the engine. It is also important to use a pressure washer to wash away oil as well as any other debris from the combine because when grease stays on this type of machinery too long it can cause fires. After you finish using the machine, clean the combine to decrease the likelihood of leftover crops.
Check For Problems
Problems can pop up quickly, so you should check your combine, tractor, and other farm vehicles to ensure you do not need to fix anything. The parts that you need to check are the tires, suspension system, road signals, vehicle lights including headlights, hydraulic lift cylinders and reflectors on the outside of the vehicle.
Repair Any Problems
Checking your vehicle is the first part of preventing accidents but fixing those problems is the second part. Your suspension system, the connections for your trailer’s brakes, hydraulic lift cylinders and parking break need immediate repair. You also need to fix worn belts and bearings to prevent a fire.
When you are working on your truck or operating it, you need to stay alert to stay safe. When you drive your truck, make sure you keep a good distance from other vehicles. Trucks need more time to stop, move between lanes, and steer. You also need to take caution when you fill trucks because it can become dangerous if the truck’s load is too large. The load needs to comply with the weight requirement for the Gross Vehicle Weight, which drivers can find inside the door of the driver’s side.
The ground should be level or the truck may tip. Other ways you can avoid tipping is to not dump when it is windy, make sure the load is not off balance, and if you use a trailer, do not jack knife it.
In addition to these tips, you should stay away from power lines when you are driving a dump trailer or truck. When power lines come in contact with the vehicle, it can electrocute the driver.
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