Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #07

Protecting fingers, hands, and arms from pinch points or entanglement in threshers, shellers, or shredders is important when working at ACRE. Seed collection, cleaning, and packaging are jobs that often require a motorized piece of equipment. Feeding plant material into the open throat of a device requires training and a safe operating procedure to reduce the risk of pinching or entanglement. If your project does any of this, then that job should be listed in your “Project Specific Safety Checklist.” Your employees must be trained to work safely around this type of equipment. Plan, train, and work safely at the ACRE. Thanks. Jim

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