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.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #22

Farm implements are a vital part of growing crops at ACRE. Crushing injury can be a hazard when working under an implement that has been lifted for service, repair, or adjustment. The sudden release of hydraulics, springs, chains, or other lifting mechanisms of the implement must be avoided when working under the potential hazard. Safety stops or chocking devices must be in place to hold back a sudden release of the lifted implement every time you or your employees work under an implement or other similar hazard. Cement blocks are not acceptable chocking devices. In certain instances “Tag-out/lock-out” regulations will dictate the safety protocol. Remember; think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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