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.

Friday, March 11, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #55

With the busy planting season ahead, I know several researchers will be hooking up trailers and hauling equipment. I am reminded by Steve Hawkins that trailer safety is very critical. Now is the time to get the annual trailer inspection from Transportation Services. Steve pointed out the top 10 key safety areas that include; Proper sizing of truck to load pulled, proper sizing of the ball to the ball hitch receiver, placement of the load on the trailer for balance, trailer decking in good shape with safe loading techniques, securing the load adequately, working trailer lights, working brakes on the truck and trailer, proper use and size of safety chains, break-away safety brakes, and driver qualification and licensing. Thanks for the tips Steve. Think, plan, and work safely at ARCE. Jim

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