PO Box 148; Turon, KS 67583 - Ph: (620) 200-1381 - Fax: (620) 497-6767


Employer Safety

  • Provide job description for employees
  • Implement a personalized “Safety Program”
  • Maintain Employee files
  • Attend State/USCHI Safety meetings
  • Familiarize employees with location and use of fire extinguishers, 1st aid kits, and important numbers and address of various facilities
  • Provide employees with operators manuals, and safety video/tests for viewing

Employee Safety

  • Study all materials provided by employer
  • Take responsibility for personal safety including sun, eye, skin, and breathing protection, as well as use of extinguishers. This includes tobacco and alcohol use restrictions set by employer
  • Acknowledge employer safety guidelines in writing

Pre-Harvest Procedures

  • Compile/utilize company policy/procedures
  • Keep written records and journal of activity
  • Review and practice loading, unloading, servicing, transportation (including speed) and communication procedures
  • Install appropriate safety items in each vehicle including a disposable camera


  • Follow established procedure including hand signals. Delegate specific responsibilities per individual
  • Secure chains, tie-downs, and flags and check all lights and signals
  • SMV signal should be covered for travel and flags placed properly on equipment
  • Double-check all securing mechanisms
  • When unloading find a safe, level area
  • Be aware of climate and surroundings
  • Always set truck and trailer brakes. Use block(s) behind one of the wheels during unloading and parking of trailers


  • Perform/document a complete Pre-Trip inspection on all equipment
  • Complete “writing” duties. Example; log book
  • Follow established speed, convoy spacing and communication procedures
  • Perform ‘walk-around’ checks during breaks in travel
  • Be aware of road weather conditions during travel. Acknowledge all appearances of road shoulders, and bridges, including width and on coming traffic. Practice defensive driving at times.
  • Know the turning radius of the vehicle your operating, as well as the height, width and weight
  • Keep adequate water and food available to prevent fatigue from becoming a problem

Field Operations

  • Familiarize yourself with operators manual
  • Perform established service procedures on equipment including oil levels, belts, chains, pressure, fire/water extinguishers etc.
  • Maintain clean cab, windows and mirrors
  • Obey any and all “rider” specifications
  • Be aware of personal protection including eyes and skin as well as fatigue and safety precautions
  • Maintain consistent rules for relief operators

Road/Field Travel

  • Utilize communication procedures
  • Establish ‘expected’ distance between equipment
  • Use signals and appropriate speed
  • Acknowledge pedestrians, bridge traffic, soft shoulders and weight and speed limits
  • Know turning radius

Combine Operations

  • Maintain journal of daily operations
  • Keep volume of communications appropriate. In conjunction with music
  • Review and communicate procedures for special field instructions including terraces, mud, protruding objects to be cut around, and running with more than one machine (including grain cart)
  • Use header stop when servicing, repairing or checking head operations

Tractor and Grain Cart

  • Maintain instructed service procedure
  • Establish and follow procedures for loading, unloading, and transporting grain
  • Know proper RPM settings for loading trucks and unloading carts
  • Engage PTO with the hopper gates closed
  • Be aware of visibility limitations due to size

Hay and Forage

  • Maintain routine servicing procedures. An example being to clean the radiator daily
  • Be aware of the sharpness of units on equipment and their speed. Act and dress appropriately
  • Trucking, loading, unloading, and transporting procedures vary in this industry. Maintain employer specifications.

Truck and Trailer

  • Daily record keeping and load tracking important
  • Familiarize yourself with various procedures including but not limited to loading, unloading, different elevator and expectations/procedures, tarping, weights and measures, parking, and signals. Be courteous
  • Always check hitching mechanisms, brakes, and trap doors prior to loading and travel
  • Keep cab, windows, mirrors and dash clean and free of debris
  • Follow common sense road rules. Example being that the loaded truck has the right of way
  • Follow posted engine brake’ rules.


  • Develop and follow a procedure in setting up and taking down (or readying for travel) the camper(s)
  • After connecting and disconnecting the sewer equipment wash your hands
  • Maintain safe speeds when traveling through camp grounds and be aware of the specific rules and regulation of the facility


  • Follow management regulations
  • Be considerate of others staying in the facility, due to hours harvest crews keep
  • Do not damage property

Personal Safety/Behavior

  • Make others aware of any personal prescription drugs being used or needed
  • Be aware of duties for washing clothes, cleaning hours, food preparation and consumption
  • Be aware of rules on use of telephone, landlines or cellular models.

Basic Simple Safety Tips

  • Drive as though you cannot back up
  • Drive using gears instead of brakes
  • Have water available for consumption all day
  • Communicate – Communicate – Communicate
  • Stay below the speed limit instead of slightly above it
  • Clean windows, mirrors, and cabs, which PREVENTS accidents
  • Protect our eyes, skin and ears
  • Get enough Rest – Fatigue is Dangerous

Think safety – Talk Safety – Act safely!!!