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Farm Safety Check: Hay and Silage Harvest

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Posted on: Jun 21st 2019

Source: Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center

Warm weather means hay and silage season for many farms. Moving parts, dusts, long days, and roadway hazards are a few of the ways haying and silage harvest can become dangerous.

Prevent a serious illness, injury, or delay that could result from skipping on safety by checking in with the harvest team this month.



  • Are equipment and machinery maintained and functioning properly? For example: tractor, baler, chopper, haybine, hay rake, semi or chopper box, unloaders.
  • Are guards, shields, and safety stickers in place and in good condition?
  • Is maintenance done only when equipment is powered down? Consider a lock-out-tag-out system.
  • Are equipment operators aware of any steep inclines, ravines, or obstacles in the field that are hazardous?
  • Are children kept away from this work site and off equipment?
  • Are workers wearing properly fitting clothing? Slim-fit clothes and no-slip work shoes are necessary.
  • Does roadway equipment have proper lighting and slow-moving signage?
  • Are you keeping three points of contact when climbing structures like silos?
  • Are workers using established hand signals and wearing a safety vest on the work site?
  • Are harvest team members trained with safety instructions, emergency procedures?
  • Is there an ABC Fire Extinguisher charged and ready to use in all equipment?
  • Are equipment operators aware of the limitations of their equipment?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.



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