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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #43

The University has a new safety awareness program, called “Slip, Trip, Fall, Call”, to report unsafe surface conditions. Similar hazards need to be highlighted at ACRE. Especially important hazards this time of year exist around combines, tractors, wagons, and the grain bins. Those hazards are ladders and steps. Combines may have ladders or steps. Grain bins have ladders. The Post Harvest Center has both ladders and steps. A simple recommendation for ladders is “toes and tummy in” and three points of contact. Always face “in” to use a ladder. It is not recommended to climb down a ladder facing “out”, as heel slippage on a ladder rung can more easily occur. When it is muddy it is important to keep equipment ladders and steps clean. Most importantly remember to slow down when using ladders or steps and practice safe habits. Plan, think, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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