As many agricultural operations begin harvesting efforts it is important to remember preventative measures are key to lowering the incidence of workplace accidents. Included below are a few Cal/OSHA approved harvest-related best practices:
- Develop a standard operating procedure, including a system of communication between operators of equipment and crew members, and a means of accounting for personnel.
- Provide adequate training and instruction on harvester safety, including standard operating procedures, signaling and communicating with the operator, required PPE, machine guarding and emergency procedures.
- Improve visibility by providing portable lighting to be used for employees working underneath harvesting equipment and equip harvesters with windshield wipers and washers to periodically clean windows during each shift. Consider equipping each harvester with side mirrors and remote cameras for additional visibility.