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.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #09

As simple as it may sound, transporting your employees around the ACRE can be a safety issue. Riders on a tractor are not permitted unless the tractor has an enclosed cab and buddy seat. Employees are not to ride in the back of a pick-up or on the tailgate. Drivers need Purdue driver certification. The utility carts like the Gators, Mules, etc. should only have riders on the appropriate seats and not in the utility bed. Some combines, like some tractors, have a cab with a passenger seat and riders are acceptable there. So as part of your Project Specific Safety Training Outline, please note how your project supervisor expects to move your employees safely. Plan, train, and work safely at the ACRE. Thanks. Jim

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