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

PROGRESS IN MOTION

Do you like a challenge? Do you like feeling the power of sitting in the seat of a large expensive piece of equipment and being in control? The adrenalin rush is now, how will you react?

With equipment as massive and expensive as it is today, it is critical that you receive the proper training you need to understand the results of your every move while operating harvesting equipment and its associated vehicles.

Owners and managers of good harvesting operations today, understand that time and training is vital to the success of their business. An attitude of "For The Highest Good of All Concerned" is essential.

A high priority includes safety training in conjunction with each operational function that you will be expected to perform. It is vital that you not only know what to do in all situations but how to do it safely and efficiently.

Members of the U.S. Custom Harvesters have long recognized the need for practicing safe (non-destructive) operations.

Early members have long recognized the need for effective training materials as they worked with potential employees. Early efforts included the production of a videotape illustrating various tasks to be performed by employees. Discussion of the correct way as well as the results of incorrect procedures was discussed.

The name of this first videotape became "Safety is an attitude." The organization's members realized that safety wasn’t something that should be taught to employees but was something that everyone associated with the harvesting business must be conscious of each and every day.

It simply had to be constantly on our mind during everything we did, and simply had to become everyone’s attitude at all times. In addition, it becomes everyone’s job to police the rest of the crew as all phases of the harvesting business is being conducted.

Furthermore, the organization developed a second, more complete video taping with associated written test questions. Many harvesters used the training tape and questions to share with their employees their particular company policy regarding various tasks of the overall process.

CDL (Commercial Drivers License) requirements have necessitated time allotted to train truck drivers and to explain safety as well as company expectations.

The annual safety meeting held in Colby, KS each Spring for employees and their employers allows even more opportunity to discuss safety at the beginning of wheat harvest.

Members were asked to identify their training resources needed and as a result, a new safety committee began work on a safety handbook available to all members and sold to non-members through the organizational office by calling 620-200-1381. The committee was aggressive and committed, and finalized the task during the spring of 2001.

The most recent safety program includes a 4 part DVD set and handbooks. The handbooks are industry specific - Grain and Forage. These handbooks were written to be used with the videos for employees to follow along as safety elements are being discussed.

You can purchase this set of DVD's and handbooks by visiting the Shopping Cart. Cost is $31.

USCHI members remain committed to providing a safe working environment for everyone (employees, employers, customers, and local residents, etc.) to conduct business. Safety is an attitude that we all must posses as we harvest the grain that feeds the world.

Jim Deibert
Safety Committee Chairman