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Improvements made with Operation FarmSafe
Operation FarmSafe is a unique new program offering farmers the opportunity to receive a free Certified Safe Farm (CSF) review and a $2,500 grant to make
improvements indicated by the review. Thanks to Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance for providing the funds for four grants in 2012. The following
slide show features the CSF review at the Peter and Christina Winch farm near Fennimore, Wisconsin.
LaMar Grafft, Iowa Center for Ag Safety and Health, arrives at the Winch farm near to conduct a CSF review. The three Winch children, Randy, Wes and Matt, look on as Grafft explains that CSF is a voluntary program designed by The University of Iowa to help farmers improve the safety of their farm operations.
The CSF review moves to the machinery shed, where Grafft gave the Winches a good score for lack of clutter. He used a checklist to evaluate all of the equipment stored there.
11 trail-behind farm implements
Grafft also applied the CSF checklist to 11 trail-behind farm implements. Here he tells Peter that the PTO shield on the 582 John Deere round baler needs to be replaced.
Block the grain ladder
Here Grafft advises the Winches how they could block the grain ladder to discourage their children from climbing. “It’s simple to cut a piece of plywood slightly wider than the ladder, mount hooks toward the top, and hang it on the ladder,’ he says. ‘A hole near the bottom provides an easy way to latch the board in place.”
Slow Moving Vehicle
Grafft likes the new Slow Moving Vehicle emblem. New equipment lighting and marking were major goals for the Winches because they travel a state highway when they make hay, haul manure, or chop silage. The Winches ordered several SMV emblems for $10 to $15 each.
In this photo, Grafft points out that two PTO shields needs to be replaced on the Woods 3180 mower.
Case IH 7120
The Winches replaced the bent and broken metal steps on their Case IH 7120 four-wheel-drive tractor ($50 per step).
The drive mechanism on the bin required shielding ($20).
Improve wiring safety
Peter and Grafft discussed wiring on the bins and fuel tanks and applicable laws. He advised him to consult an electrician to improve wiring safety.
A 5-gallon bucket was an unsafe substitute for steps to the milking area. “One of the boys was showing us how it worked, and as we watched, the bucket tipped over,” Grafft says. The Winches replaced the bucket with two metal steps.
As Grafft concluded his visit, he showed the contents of a plastic container filled with First Aid supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE). Farmers can order a kit from the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (www.necsag.org) for $40, plus shipping and handling.
Watch for an announcement of the next Operation FarmSafe application deadline in Successful Farming this winter. You can apply for a free CSF review and a $2,500 grant to make necessary safety improvements that benefit your farm and family.
Operation FarmSafe is a unique new program offering farmers the opportunity to receive a free Certified Safe Farm review and a $2,500 grant to make improvements indicated by the review.