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Grain Handling/Harvesting/Storage

Fact sheets and videos on topics relating to grain handling and storage safety. Read More

Farming With Disabilities

Long series of videos and documents on farming by people with any type of disabilities. Read More

Child Safety

Many fact sheets and videos on specific topics regarding the safety of children and teens on the farm. Read More

Safe Use of Big Round Balers

Big round balers can be dangerous machines. Every year several farm workers are injured or killed while working with these machines. Injuries result from doing maintenance unsafely, becoming entangled while making machine adjustments, unplugging crop material from the baler, and becoming entangled while observing the machine at work. Read More

Anhydrous Ammonia: Managing The Risks

More anhydrous ammonia is used as fertilizer in North Dakota than any other nitrogen fertilizer source. Anhydrous ammonia is classified as a hazardous substance. Most accidents with anhydrous ammonia are due to uncontrolled releases. Few problems occur when the ammonia is being handled and applied as intended. Most uncontrolled releases are due to improper procedures, careless or untrained workers, or faulty equipment. Protective equipment is required by law to be available where anhydrous ammonia is handled or applied. Wearing protective equipment greatly reduces the chance of injury from an ammonia release. Countless tons of anhydrous ammonia are applied every crop year without problems; safe procedures and good-quality equipment do work. Anhydrous ammonia has the potential to be one of the most dangerous chemicals used in agriculture today. It is used and stored under high pressures, which requires specially designed and well-maintained equipment. Those who work with anhydrous ammonia must be trained to follow exact procedures in handling it. Read More

Tractor Safety: Stay on Top of It!

The farm tractor is often considered the farmer’s best friend. But, all too often, the tractor is the agent of injury and death. Read More

Personal Protective Equipment for Pesticide Work

Agricultural work is hazardous to the human bod. There are countless ways to get hurt while working in agriculture. Many injuries and fatalities point to the need for protective equipment. Read More

Caught in the Grain!

People can become caught or trapped in grain in three different ways: the collapse of bridged grain, the collapse of a vertical wall of grain, and entrapment in flowing grain. Moving or flowing grain is involved in all three. People who work with grain — loading it, unloading it, and moving it from bin to bin — need to know about the hazards of flowing grain and how to prevent a grain entrapment situation. Read More

Pesticide Safety: A Guide for Gardeners and Homeowners

Pesticides include natural and man-made substances such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, disinfectants and rodenticides. They are used to help control, destroy or repel destructive pests such as insects, weeds, plant disease organisms, germs and rodents. Pesticides can increase the quality and quantity of our food supply, prevent disease and improve the comfort and aesthetics of our environment. The use of pesticides is not without risks. Every pesticide applicator is responsible for preventing harm from occurring to humans, pets, livestock, wildlife or the environment. Read More

Safety With Grain Augers

Grain augers have probably replaced more hard work from handling grain than most other machines, but they have also been the cause or source of more injury and even death to farm workers and children than any other machine for the number of hours used. Many of the injuries suffered are amputations, lacerations, broken bones, and electrocutions. Most, if not all, could have been prevented with safer working practices and machinery. Read More


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