Michael Johnson, Page County Farm Bureau Board Member

It was a normal weekday afternoon when I was cleaning out a grain bin and getting things ready for harvest.

As I was getting to the end of cleaning the grain bin, I had put the sweep auger into the bin, but it had fallen off the base in the center so I had to stop it. I shut the auger off and began crawling into the bin to put it back in place.

As I was hunched over the auger, with one leg in the bin and one leg outside of the bin, the auger started running. It began hitting me in the face and chest as I frantically reached around outside the bin to find the switch and turn it off.

As I had been crawling in the bin, my knee had managed to hit the switch and turn it on. It only lasted for a few seconds, but sometimes that is all it can take. I ended up with just a few cuts and bruises, but it could have been much, much worse.

With harvest already upon us, we must remember the importance of caution.

When traveling on rural roads and highways, motorists need to take care around slow moving farm equipment. Please make sure there is enough time and room on the road before passing any farm equipment. Be extra cautious around intersections and driveways, because even with flashers and signals, farm equipment often turn onto little-used driveways and roads

Farm safety is something we often hear about but can also take for granted. It only takes a few moments for things to become very dangerous. As we begin this harvest season, please make farm safety a priority.

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