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Helpful tips during Farm Safety and Health Week

By on September 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

An annual event sponsored by Farm Credit Services during harvest time, the Seboldt Farm down in Fults was the setting of a “Meals in the Field” luncheon served on Thursday. Pictured with Farm Credit Services staffers (wearing green shirts) are friends and family, front row, from left, Kim Deterding, Cheri Lang, Harold Vogt, Mark Seboldt, Brenda Seboldt and Connie Seboldt; back row: Kevin Vogt, Ron Stumpf, Randy Esker, Mike Stumpf, Jim Seboldt, Estelle Sauerwein, Glenn Sauerwein and Ron Lintker. Not pictured are Ronnie Rodenberg, Tim Keller and Matt Keller. (submitted photo)

The Monroe County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee promoted National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 17-23, throughout Monroe County.

One activity to remind farmers to practice safety during the harvest season was the assembling of 500 candy bags by committee members. The candy bags were placed in baskets with signs announcing “National Farm Safety Week.”

The bags were distributed to farmers at the Gateway FS facilities, Wm. Nobbe & Co, Naber’s Shop, FSA office, U of I Extension office, and Farm Bureau  office. Two labels and kinds of candy were placed in each bag.

The messages were: “Don’t be a Roll-over victim. Make sure you operate tractors with a roll-over protection structure,” on bags of Tootsie Rolls; “Be a Smartie! Think Farm Safety this fall,” on bags of Smarties; “Be a Lifesaver! Remember to play it safe this fall” on bags of Lifesavers; “Farm Safety is not a Laffy-ing matter; take it seriously,” on bags of Laffy Taffy; “Safety conscious farmers make Jolly Ranchers; on bags of Jolly Ranchers; and “Don’t be a Sucker when it comes to safety!” on bags of suckers.

The messages were a fun way to drive home a serious topic and were well-received throughout the county.

The committee wants to remind farmers to:

•Keep all shields and guards in place.

•Use a SMV sign on all farm equipment that will be on the road.

•Keep emergency numbers in your cell phone.

•Identify hazardous areas on equipment and stay away from moving parts.

•Do everything possible to alert motorists to the presence of your farm equipment and slow travel speed.

•Be courteous to motorists.

•Keep an eye on the traffic around you.

•Use turn signals and be extremely cautious when you have to make a wide turn from the road.

•Allow extra time and distance when crossing or pulling onto highways and roads

•Avoid peak traffic hours and the busiest roads when moving farm equipment.

•Pull over and allow traffic to pass if road and shoulder conditions are safe.

Motorists can also help reduce the number of passing-related accidents by observing these simple rules:

•Never pass when approaching a crossroad.

•Never pass on a hill.

•Watch tractors for turn signals and brake lights.

•Allow extra time to get where you’re going during harvest season.

•Recognize and respect the slow-moving vehicle emblem – the triangular fluorescent orange emblem bordered in red.  When you see one, slow down as if you are approaching a stoplight.

•Be patient. Driving a tractor at a high speed is dangerous.  It’s not easy for the operator to move aside to let you pass especially when road shoulders are questionable.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.