What NOT to do on a farm

What NOT to do on a farm


hey everybody its Ryan and rocket
welcome back to how Farms work so about a week ago I received a message from one
of our viewers who had asked me to make a video featuring my common-sense farm
safety test and I think that’s generally a good idea because what may be common
sense to us may not be common sense to everyone else who is new to the farm
scene and I think that it’s generally a good idea for people just to share
general farm safety tips so down in the comments section if you guys could if
I’ve missed anything which there are numerous countless safety tips to keep
on mind when on the farm but these are they’re just the ones that I’ve thought
of thought of off of the top of my head so with that I’m gonna walk you guys
around the farm just kind of point out some things that I always keep on mind
whenever I’m here just to keep myself safe as well as everybody else around me
and like I said feel free to drop any other tips down comments below or feel
free to look if you guys are looking for more farm safety tips with that I
figured that it’s probably a good idea to start with the skid loader because
skid loaders are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on farms
right next to tractors but I’ll go to them shortly the biggest thing to keep
in mind whenever you’re around a skid loader or using one is to never climb
under the boom whether it be to walk under it or to climb out as a machine
story I have about climbing out of one of these things and it’s happened around
this area is a farmer was climbing out of the skid loader his pant legs caught
the controls so as he was getting out the loader came down on top of them and
it killed him so it’s one of those things always keep in mind
manufacturers always try to put things in place to keep stuff like that from
happening but you can never really be too safe another thing that you want to
keep in mind is to never ride on the front of one of these machines because
as you’re driving along something terrible may happen you may get thrown
from there if you’re using it to raise yourself up
the machine may fall forward not saying that it’ll happen in most
cases but they are literally a 1 in 100,000 cases so with that those are my
two big things about skid loaders if you’re operating one always make sure
that you’re aware of your surroundings and if you’re around one of these
missions and machines when someone else is operating them always maintain a
pretty reasonable safe amount of distance from the machines so that you
can evacuate the area if they start to move towards you by not seeing you
always make sure that you wear your seatbelt whenever you’re in one of these
machines and always try to carry the load as low as possible the reason being
is because if you’re carrying a load at a high elevation what can happen is that
if the Machine becomes front heavy machine can come slamming forward to the
ground and if you’re sitting in the seat you’re either in for one heck of a
roller-coaster ride or you’re gonna be thrown through the mission through the
windshield if it has one and the best thing there is to always make sure that
you’re wearing your seatbelt that is one of the biggest reasons that these
machines come with seat belts right next to in case if they roll over I have a
bit of a story about writing on the front of one of these machines and it
actually comes from this farm my grandma after she had passed about time
compassing came around she did not have all the fingers on her hands the reason
being is because like in one circumstance I can’t remember all the
exact details but what I believe happened was they were moving a calf
from the barn over to the hutches which were by the road and they would use a
leash around the calf’s neck to pull him out of the barn and put him into the
skid loader bucket as such my grandma would ride over with the calf over to
the hutches and what happened in one situation I believe it was with a leash
was the Rope had slipped off of the bucket underneath the skid loader and
she had it wrapped around her fingers the Rope I believe had gone under the
tire and it crushed her fingers and as such she did not have all the fingers I
believe that she had situations like that maybe once or twice over her life
and it’s one of those things that you just don’t really think about and that’s
one of the reasons why you should never really ride in front of one of these
machines I know that we do violate our own rules on the farms from time to time
but those are the kinds of things that we always make sure that we’re aware of
we know the risk that we’re taking and not saying that it’s a good thing to
take those risks I advise that each and every one of you not to so with that as
essentially all of my quick tips around skid loaders to say safe next we’re
going to be moving on to tractors now I’m standing in front of a good ol 40 20
I decided that I would do a walk-around on the 40 20 and all the safety tips
that I have for you because these machines shipped with out many of the
common safety features that you see today such as seat belts one of the most
dangerous things about tractors like these were the models without the
year-round cab on it a lot of 4020 shipped with an open station without any
roll over roll over protection systems which is essentially just a giant bar on
the back of the machine in case you roll over that it doesn’t crush you now if
you were riding passenger on one of these open station 40 20s you would
often find yourself riding right on the fender here and what you got notice what
you started to notice is that when you got up to speed like going down the road
is that these wheels were awfully close something that still happens
unfortunately very very commonly on farms there are people getting run over
by tractors and one of the things is younger children falling off the machine
and falling in front of the wheel and that is why I advise all of you to never
ride passenger on an open station tractor if you can’t avoid it otherwise
that’s just something to keep in mind always hold on the machine as tightly as
you can if you end up doing so just keep in mind that that is a major killer when
it comes to tractors another major killer are when these machines are
hooked up to something and I want to make this point very clear is that even
if you have most commonly like a child but also dogs riding with you if you
have something hooked up to the machine and it has hydraulics
what you’ll find yourself doing if something breaks is getting out of the
machine with it still running to see what’s going wrong what’s making that
noise whatever it is and something that can happen is if you get out of the
machine and you go to look you might stick your hand up underneath somewhere
and this can happen with dogs too they might hit something children I mean
they like to play with levers and my advice in that situation would be to
make sure that the machine is always turned off whenever you exit for that
reason being most even with dogs we’re always extremely careful I mean
even with rocket in the cab if I have to get out and look at something and I have
to stick my hand in somewhere that you know it’s pretty dangerous or has a high
risk of injuring me I’ll make sure to shut the Machine off because I’ll never
know what Rockets gonna do he might jump up on the console which I don’t really
expect him to but it’s just something to always keep on your mind
and that’s a big another caveat with tractors is the hydraulics another being
the PTO PTO PTO is our major killers with tractors so here in 40 20 you can
see does not have the PTO guard on it which I’m not totally sure why it
doesn’t but that might be something for me to look into try to go find it so
another thing stay away from the PTO is on tractors I’m gonna come back to this
shortly as far as the hookups for for like the blower over there I’ll go look
at it and show you guys what to actively avoid
if you ever find yourself operating one of these machines that doesn’t have a
rollover protection system on it be very careful to make sure that you do not go
into any kind of hillsides any any situation where you think where the
machine feels unsteady I guess you could say the reason being is because what
machines like this have killed people even in our area over the years so that
is another big thing to keep in mind about tractors sometimes and I will
admit I had this happen and I have ever since
been extremely careful not to start the machine like this is I’ve started the
machine by not being in the seat you never want to do that because you never
know if it is in neutral and you can’t see that at least very clearly most of
the time from standing outside of the machine so obviously right now it looks
like it’s in park but you know you might just glanced at it it might be in first
when you go to start the machine what has happened some people over the years
who were unfortunate to do it was that they would start the machine and it
would lunge forward now on some machines where the parking brakes are
particularly are not set in with the years because in like a 40 20 you shift
it into Park where as in like a semi you shift it into a neutral and then the
parking brake is separate but on machine like this they do have some I should say
not all of them do you have protection systems in place to keep you from
starting the machine if it’s not neutral they won’t start
I believe the 40 20 I’m actually going to try this right now and I just want to
test it see so I’m gonna go ahead and try to start this wild sin first
absolutely nothing I turn the key nothing happens now not all machines
have that and that’s a point that I want to make very clear this is what kills
people is because they’re around machines that do things like this and
then they come across a machine like big red way over there where they don’t have
that happen luckily with big red I was fortunate enough to have it be in park
so I was on the machine itself but it’s just overall something and I telling you
I’m learning from my mistakes that you should never try to start the machine
without being in the seat if you do you are taking a risk again that’s the risk
that we do commonly too often and ever since the whole big red
incident which was one of the first times I had been around it
I knew machines did that but I was absolutely sure that I put it into
neutral what I think happened actually is that we had the dogs up in the truck
and I think they actually bumped it or maybe one of us was working in the back
and we bumped it when we were getting out but I know when I put it there that
it was in neutral and it tried to lunge forward but the machine did not have
enough really enough jump to it to jump in the gear I didn’t have enough torque
or power to go into gear I should say so another thing to keep in mind whenever
you’re around tractors my very last tip for you whenever your round tractors
actually operating them is to be careful on the roads people out there are crazy
drivers I’ve had it all too often when I’m going to pull left into a farm even
with my blinkers on and people blow past me on the left side so I always make
sure to look if I can generally what I’ll do is if I’m turning left
don’t forget your hand signals stick your left arm if you’re trying to make
left turn out the left window is or if you can out the left window make this
gesture this means left and if you’re trying to make a right turn this means
right so oftentimes if you see someone stick to our amount like this it means
they’re trying to make a left turn if their blinkers aren’t work aren’t
working or they just don’t have blinkers overall our turn signals I should say so
another thing try to keep you safe make sure you try to signal to make sure
that people around you know what you’re trying to do even then just always be
extremely careful and what I’ve done in the past is if I can’t see behind me
I’ll stick my arm out the left window especially at the 40 20 and say the
feedmill and I’ll gradually start working my way
over towards the yellow line so it kind of deters anyone from trying to pass me
if there’s traffic oncoming and they’ll tend to slow down so that was my last
tip as far as tractors go and we’re gonna move on to the blower because it
has something on it that I want to show you guys which we need to get fixed
this is a blower we use it to blow our corn up into the corn silo these units
are particularly dangerous because they have large fans inside them that sling
the material or blow it up into the silo itself now there’s a couple things on
this particular unit that you want to be careful of whenever you’re around it any
kind of lure really and that is it’s pretty easy to be walking along and trip
on something and fall right into it now this is an emergency shutoff so let’s
say you do happen to fall into it I believe if you were down in here and you
pulled on this that should shut it off pretty sure it’s not running right now
so I’m not totally sure which direction is off but I’m pretty sure former it is
engaged so that’s something to keep in mind another thing is that you really
just want to maintain your distance around any kind of machinery that’s
running because if you happen to fall into this for whatever circumstance or
you’re working on something you always want to make sure that the blower is off
because you could stick your hand right into there and if you do well the
machines operating I mean you’re gonna have a pretty big clue that the machine
is running because it’s gonna be louder than heck and he’ll be able to see it
moving but that’s really not all that out of reach especially for children so
if you’re ever around when these things just try to keep your kids away from
them if you are younger just maintain your distance so now we’re standing at
the front half of the blower and this unit in particular has something wrong
with it that I want to highlight and if you have
a unit that looks like this I advise you to stay away from it as much as possible
whenever it is running because PTO s are a huge killer on farms looking at this
you may not notice that anything is wrong with it until I lower the camera
and you’ll notice that the front half of the PTO guard is not on so that is
definitely something that we need to fix as soon as possible we haven’t fixed it
because we really don’t use the blower all that much not making excuses we
still need to get on that and fix it as soon as possible so I’ll come back to
PTO s in a little bit I’ll take you up and show you a PTO
guard that is functioning properly we’re standing up in front of the easy trail
grain cart now and as you can see the PTO shaft guard is fully intact this one
does not have a chain on it I’ll go back and show you the chain on the Brent so
as you can see there there is a chain that is wrapped around the shaft guard
on the Brent grain cart the reason for that being is because by chaining up the
shaft guard the there really is no rotation going on the back of the
machine which is I think preferable in some situations but in other situations
it’s not I believe it’s in the EU where it’s a requirement or it is the law to
have them chained up the easy trail is not chained up and I would actually
prefer it be especially like on the grain cart because there are some
situations where we will climb up as it’s running just to be sure that is
fully cleaned out whether it be one of us running the tractor and then the
other will check up just to make sure we’ll put it away whatever so there are
some situations where it’s like on the Brent I prefer to have it chained up so
that there is no rotation but if you are running a machine with a shaft car or
what the PTO hooked up to it my advice to you is at the start of every day walk
back here and just put your hand without it running without the Machine even on
put your hand on the shaft guard and make sure that the shaft guard spins
independently of the shaft so as you can see there shaft guard is working like it
should be now when you don’t haven’t tuned up they actually will last longer
which is the reason why in some situations I prefer not to use them like
on the ride and 140 155 I think that by not having them chained up there’s less
of a likelihood that over time something will go wrong in there
the plastic will wear away and they’ll fail which is a common place on many
farms one of the biggest killers involving PTO s on American farms are
farmers that do not have the shaft guard on because it failed and the biggest
reason that they do fail is because over time as they run with the chains they do
eventually need to be replaced however by not having them chained up
they will last longer another situation where I would prefer not to have them
chained up actually an example would be like on the 41:55 because let’s say
you’re out mowing and all of a sudden you hear a bang and you think that you
had hit the PTO shut off but you didn’t so you get out as the machine with the
machine still running for instance because it’s a minute we all do it at
one point and we walk back to the machine just to try to assess where
something has gone wrong and on the 41:55 if they were chained up you would
not know that the machine was even on because it runs so quietly especially at
idle there’s really no visual indicator that it would be running other than
looking directly at the PTO joints which is kind of hard to see through if
everything is on your machine so in situations like that where you’re not
going to be around the PTO guards I would think it’s better to leave them
off because it’s better to have a PTO shaft on guard on there that always
spins with the shaft and then it works the one time that you need it to
compared to having it fail over X amount of time and having to replace it because
let’s be honest here like I said most farmers where they have something like
that happen where they injure themselves with PTO s
it’s in situations where it’s missing the PTO shaft guards depending on where
you are in the world this may be a silo that may be a silo or those may be silos
so we’re gonna cover the grain bins last after this will talk about the cement
silo but first we’re going to briefly discuss the harvesters the biggest thing
to keep in mind about harvesters is that in general they should not have oxygen
on the inside the reason being is because they store they use anaerobic
conditions to store the feed inside them for longer periods of time to keep it
fresher at least that was the theory so in certain circumstances you may find it
necessary to climb inside them such as the corn silo like the issues that we’re
having with it right now the biggest thing that we try to do is make sure
that we there is always presence of oxygen on the inside whenever we’re
climbing into them and we do that by turning on the blower for at least one
hour before climbing in and we never climb into the harvester alone and
neither should you always make sure that there’s at least one person there to
make sure that you’re doing fine on the inside because what actually will happen
if there isn’t enough oxygen on the inside is you’ll just kind of slowly
fall asleep without even realizing what’s happening and you won’t be
thinking very clearly so my advice would be to always wear a harness if you’re
gonna climb on the inside of a silo and make sure that you check the atmosphere
to make sure that there’s a good enough atmosphere to climb into because like I
said oxygen really shouldn’t be in harvesters themselves and of course
always be careful when climbing them just being up high in general is
dangerous in and of itself here is the cement silo the biggest thing to keep in
mind with this thing is that it can be just as dangerous as the harvesters
there can be a lack of oxygen in these as well up on top if they are tightly
sealed ours is not really tightly sealed on the top we’ve never really had much
of an issue with that the biggest thing we’ve had with these cement silos are
issues with climbing up on the inside of the chute so what these silos were
is a shoot which is on the far side there and there is a giant blower
there’s a nun loader actually up the top of these things and as you use the feet
inside you’ll crank it down lower and lower and it’ll pick up the feed it’ll
blow it out into the chute and it’ll drop it down onto the feed bunk so what
you have to do every now and then has change the doors on the inside of the
silo as you climb up on the inside of the chute like let’s say you climb up to
the top to make sure all the doors are shut
you actually use the doors to climb up on they have handles on them and as you
climb up you may face the danger of one of the doors falling inward dad’s
personal experience is climbing up I believe it’s this one and he was
climbing up to the top and he was trying to make sure that all the doors were
shot whatever he had to climb earth I think you have to take the electric cord
back up and he was climbing up it one of the doors actually broke inward into the
silo I don’t even know if it broke it just it wasn’t lashed properly and he
actually fell into the silo and was hanging inside and he had to pull
himself back out so these things can be extremely dangerous we never really
liked to use them for that reason a lot of people have been killed on site in
silos like this and to climb into after you’re finished filling it you actually
have to jump into the silo like super sketch on the top there’s really no
railings up there whatsoever again we never really liked it and in that case
safety harnesses all the way so now we’re standing in front of the grain
bins when you think of grain bin what is the first thing that comes to your mind
is it corn soybeans to me it’s suffocation
because suffocation is a major killer with these things something that you
should never do is climb into a grain bin that has had grain unloaded from it
since it had been filled without any kind of safety equipment because what
happens is like let’s say you have corn that is particularly high in moisture
and it started to rot or crust inside the bin so
one of the warning indicators is if you climb into a bin with corn in it for
example and you drop into it is it hard if so that may be signs that the corn
had been rotting and if there has been any amount of grain removed from that
bin that is a warning sign that there may be a crust underneath it and you’re
in danger so there may be some circumstances where it is necessary to
climb into these when you’re unloading them such as let’s say it had been
rotting and there’s a giant clump of corn that fell down into the center well
you have to climb in there with a rod and try to beat that beat that clump out
to try to make the grain start flowing again or like in the situation over here
looking at this notice on the side of the bin it says out of conditioned grain
can lead to destructive clumps of grain which may be of sufficient size to
damage equipment now in a situation like this you have to climb in there to work
on the bin itself and the door may not be readily accessible so you’ll have to
enter from the top here you’re at risk of collapse but in some situations you
may just have to climb in and use a rod to shove it down and try to break up
those clumps to free the sweep if it’s not actually damaged and in situations
like that it can be particularly dangerous that is my biggest thing that
I wanted to discuss about grain bins that is the biggest killer another thing
that you always want to watch out for is to make sure that all of your safety
guards are in place like on the unloading auger here so in here there’s
a belt and pulley I know that in some situations if for whatever reason you’re
working on it you take that shield off and you need to turn it over slowly I
know it can be tempting to put your hands on the pulley and try to turn it
my hand something that you should always make sure of is to just try not to get
your fingers pinched because fingers have been lost by many people over the
years doing things like that the last point that I want to drive home with
grain bins are that you make sure to lock things out if you guys are working
on stuff not only if someone is in there working on
something but let’s say you have something torn apart inside the bin and
the sweep is in there you don’t want someone to come up and
hit the sweep not knowing like let’s say it’s a multi employee operation not
knowing that something is wrong and you like let’s say another person comes up
and flips the switch and it completely destroys whatever is inside the bin
that’s just kind of OSHA 101 right there but for some of the smaller operations
out there which there are literally hundreds hundreds of thousands of them
that’s just another thing to keep in mind so with that that is pretty much
all of the quick safety tips this video really probably hasn’t been all that
quick but those are the things that really just come off the top of my mind
right away I found that you can be safe just by having situation situational
awareness and just making sure that everybody is accounted for whenever
you’re running any kind of piece of machinery everybody’s out of the way
everybody’s safe and that applies to doing things like this before
if we’re working on something and they want like let’s say we’re unleashing the
sweep and Travis and dad are one of them standing over at the door looking at it
and they tell me to turn it on I’ll ask them are you clear and they’ll
say yes and then that’s when I’ll actually switch it I won’t just you know
flip the switch just to make sure that it’s running just situational awareness
stuff like that is the key to being safe on farms really just try to be aware and
just do things slowly don’t rush there are hundreds thousands of ways to injure
yourself on a farm and I want all of you guys to be safe out there
so with that like I said if you guys have any other tips for this video be
sure to leave them down in the comment section I know I haven’t gotten
everything but I could sit here and talk all day about all the things to keep in
mind whenever on farms and there’s all sorts of different equipment out there
especially like grain bins grain bins are exclusive to certain types of farms
not all of them have them so with that thanks for watching this video guys I
hope you learned something just be sure to stay safe with that
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100 thoughts on “What NOT to do on a farm

  1. Very good video, always important to pay attention to what you're doing, your surroundings, , I would add anything with hydraulics, dump truck/trailer, implement, know of people killed reaching under a dump body, just for a second, glad you mentioned keeping the bucket low, not walking under a raised bucket, I've mentioned this to a certain you tuber, didn't appreciate my warnings

  2. My uncle lost a finger because he ran his hand across a hydraulic hose and it had I pin hole leak. The pressure from that leak cut his finger witch lead to an infection.

  3. We have many little kids at our farm. So we do head counts before moving equipment around. It never hurts to ask.

  4. First tip. Every year I read about either a farmer, or their child being under a boom, and breaking their neck from it dropping. Or falling off of said machine.

  5. I watched a news show like 20/20 a couple years ago that followed a farmer and In Iowa that got stuck in a grain bin under the corn. They mentioned that they were now making helmet type devices with mesh facemask that went around your neck to prevent you from suffocating in a corn bin and that actually many insurance companies were requiring farmers to wear those in grain bins. They also talked about volunteer fire departments needing to have these panels available in farming areas where they could push those down into grain bins in sections to dig somebody out without the corn continuing to fall down around them.

  6. Just wanted to add a few things since we deal with confined space alot in my industry. You're right to turn on the blowers to get air moving, but the rule of thumb that we were taught is to make sure that you're ventilation system is giving you at least 5 air changes inside the vessel per hour to ensure that you have good clean air inside. Also make sure you have turned your blowers off for at least 30 minutes before checking your air concentrations at multiple levels and outlets. It seems like you have a good handle on it but just hitting the high notes.

  7. Indicating a left turn with your arm is likely gonna be misinterpreted as you signaling to the driver behind you to pass you. I'm glad I seldom have to drive tractor on the road. When I do, I go out of my way to plan a route that doesn't involve many left turns

  8. Stored energy can very easily maim or kill. Just because a machine is stopped or shut off doesn't mean that stored energy can't get you when you start messing with moving parts

  9. I got told by a sheriff To drive In the Lane of traffic If you don’t drive in the lane of traffic If you get hit you are 100% reliable

  10. A local farmer was killed because the cultivator wouldn’t unfold but when he looked at the hydraulic ram he touched one of the pipes and the side fell on him quickly and the dagger went through him I’m from England

  11. Something that a friend of mine learned is that you need to be very cautious to hydraulic inputs, THEY EXPLODE ladies and gentlement and the nozzle comes flying in tremendous amount of speed that could make your day BAD. And the reason of the incident was because the nozzle was LOOSE, please before you even put on something hydraulic, double check that all the nozzles are tight and safe.

  12. 10:00 if i don’t sit in the chair, I can start it but I can’t put it in forward or backward (fendt vario..) and if I stand up it goes to neutral

  13. Never step in the graincart without telling the driver. When i was 9 or 10 years old i climbed in it without telling my dad and went on a 10 mile ride on the fully filled cart and almost fell out a few times. Also at a farm near me 2 kids played hide an seek and one of them was hiding in the graincart and then when it was beeing dumped he got crushed.

  14. Ah yes, rope around the hand, every horse person's #1 rule NOT to do for that reason 😉 As you have said, sometimes safety rules DO get violated once ina while and as farmers we always push our luck with safety. I have a good story for why you should walk under a tractor loader while it's up: We had been working on the horse shelter and Erik was in the John Deere TRactor. I was n the ground with the kids, Erik wanted his daughter to hold a 4ft post while he pushed it into the ground the the tractor bucket. I protested telling him that was a bad idea, and sure enough as he drove up and above the post, he accidentally lowered the bucket instead of raising it and drpped it on her head. Not kidding. She was 16, but luckily wasn't injured more than a bad headache. Although this also might be why she went on to have back problems a few years later . . .

    My worst mistakes come from chainsaws. My first time using one I had to cut a widow maker up for firewood for dinner. We were living in the camper and I had to cook all food outside over a fire. It was snowy and negative degrees out and Erik couldn't get wood from the store and told me to go cut some up out back while he was at work. Knowing nothing about widow makers, it appeared to be a fine, dry tree. I made my first cut 3 ft from the bottom and my chainsaw got stuck (of course). I figured out why it had gotten stuck (pinched) so I figured the best way to free it myself was to relieve the pressure. So I crawled under the tree (another mistake) and put a foot on either side of the chain saw and used my legs to push upward (another mistake). Sure enough, I freed the saw . . . but it landed on my face, lol! Luckily it wasn't the toothed end, but I was still bruised a bit. And yes, I did finish cutting the tree and did get a fire made and dinner made over it 🙂 And I learned to watch for pinching on widow makers and how to make relief cuts before hand 😀

  15. My dad he lifts the boom up on the skid steer and puts the boom lock on and just climbs up the back to get in the bucket and work on stuff in it

  16. All the old equipment from the 50s will start in gear a lot of the equipment from the 50s had no safety equipment and all the tractors from the 50s were crone to roll over on hills

  17. Turning off the machine doesn’t stop the hydraulics (in most machines)… even shut off you can still hit the lever and drop the implement or 3pt attachment. So always lower before you shut off and get out if possible.

  18. If I have to put a hand in compromising conditions like where my hand could get crushed I always use my left hand, I don’t like it as much as my right. But always block it up if possible!

  19. NEVER trust an operator or anyone else to keep YOU safe!

    And have an escape route if possible if a machine rolls back etc.

  20. There was a guy here in western Australia that was having starter problems with his tractor. So in the morning it wouldn't start so thought it was the starter and he short circuited it but the tractor was in gear so it ran him over. He was lucky and survived.

  21. When I watch your videos I often find myself concerned about Rocket's safety ! My dog would not be safe around all that moving machinery. Is this something Rocket has learned? Does she know to stay clear of tractors, skid loaders and such?

  22. When you were covering grain bins surprised you didn't mention keeping all limbs / loose clothes away from loading / unloading augers.

  23. I've got a good tip that I've learned the hard way! When bush hogging in fields with sticks, stumps or anything other than grass….NEVER look directly back at the implement when you hit a stick or small log. Wait till you completely pass over it to look back. Chunks of wood and rock can easily come back and hit your face/head or break the glass if you have a cab.

  24. Yep, you said it right with your first safety tip on the 4020, my grandpa took that precaution seriously. He has an older model JD 310A backhoe loader open station with ROPS (there is no windows or doors, just a roof on the top with 4 supports) and I would always ride with him and my spot was on the fender (at least the fender was about a foot and a half wide), but to be safe he installed a thick metal bar on the fender that would go little over half way of our backs and keep us from falling out, and it also double as a safe thing to hold on tight to. Great video Ryan

  25. Hey Ryan, I'd like to comment on how those 4020s, like our 4320, if the tractor dies while you are driving, you lose the ability to steer and stop.

  26. Earlier this year I drove some vineyard tractors for the first time. I had no idea how easily they could throw you off the seat.

    In one place I thought the land was flat and just push the hand throttle to speed, seconds later I was jumping around, not able to steer the tractor and in direction of a building. Thankfully I reacted and smashed the throttle down.

    It was a very dangerous place for work at, I actually can't believe they just gave me the tractor without real training, just cause I told them I understood the controls.

    (Still thought, I was the only one in that far that used the seat belt, I actually had to fix it to use it).

  27. My grandpa's uncle was killed on a JD 4020 while grading a road shoulder with a box blade. It was an open station model without a ROPS… he got on too much of a sideways incline and it turned-over… crushing him. 🙁

    Always, always, always take your time so you can be careful! It's usually when people get into a hurry that they lose appendages, limbs, or their lives!

  28. Complacency breeds contempt, contempt manes and kills sRAT
    Stop Rest And Think . When your do your dehydrated your brain is running near 0% Hydrate
    Nice V

  29. Be aware of your surroundings, always give yourself and out especially with animals. Equipment in good repair is less likely to be a hazardous situation.

  30. first thing NOT do do on a farm is listen or do any thing chuckE2009 says or does .. if in doubt .. just watch a vid or 2 of him farming..

  31. here in the Ireland in the EU all P.TO. implements need to be chained up when in use that is the LAW and there is no exceptions to it

  32. A lot of this was common sense, It is a good thing that you made a vid about it to let people know but a lot of these things should be automatically avoided or done.
    Back in 1966 or 1965 my grandfather fell off of his tractor and died. At that point, they sold the farm. Sadly I did not get to know my grandfather and my mom didn't even know him well. She was only 2 when he died. What also sucks is there is no one in my family that has farmland anymore. That sucks.

  33. I have personal experience with sitting on the fender. And it’s not a good one. We have a old jd bulldozer and I decided I was gonna ride along and sit on the fender… well… that turned out bad. The edge of my boot caught on a section of the track and sucked my foot behind the fender. I’m lucky I didn’t get pulled off and run over. Luckily I only sprained my ankle, I have no idea how it didn’t break. If you are thinking “how did he get his foot sucked under if it was going forward?” We were backing up and that’s when it happened. Please be smart on the farm and around big equipment. This is a very dangerous job. Stay safe

  34. My great uncle had his leg caught in the PTO and I was in the tractor and i shut it off as soon as I saw him go around he had very bad brush burns and also had his leg got broken in 4 spots he said that he was very lucky that he did not die one person on our road died because of the PTO

  35. Never walk behind a skid loader. The operator CANNOT see anything behind them very well. Also he is very right about sitting on the fender. When I was about 8 I was riding on the fender with my grandpa on an old bucket tractor. We went into a dirt pile and I went flying. Good thing my foot caught on a lever so I didn't fall and my grandpa stopped quickly.

  36. My mane thing is make Shure you can see the operator of any machine if not watch that machine or machines and position your self salfely

  37. We were turning in to a Field and are blinkers were on we had a bean head on and a car passed and we almost side swiped the car

  38. Great video – one important thing u missed though, in modern tractors and telehandlers with electric or even mechanic shuttle control by very careful with dogs about. There was an incident near us in south west England where a dog knocked the shuttle of some guys jcb and it drove back and crushed him between a gate.

  39. My closet call was with a kicker on a JD bailer. On JD bailers even if you shut the machine down the kicker may still have a charge in it. There is a lever to keep the kicker from accidentally going off….. but you know how that goes when your in a hurry. I had a bail come apart in the kicker, so I shut the machine down, got out, and started cleaning the bail out. The kicker went off and broke almost all my ribs and damaged some of my internals. I was taken away by helicopter and did recover. I got lucky.

  40. “Never ride in the front of these things” well I broke that rule a lot then…… i broke lot of those rules 😂

  41. About the pto guards, in the EU they must be chained up. About the lifetime of those guards. The ones we have have grease zerks, use them also when greasing the pto. Besides, a pto guard failure is a lot cheaper than injured or dead humans.

  42. What i do when i turn left is that im run a little bit on the yellow line in the middle, so nobody can pass me

  43. Great video Ryan. I took a tractor safety course when I was 16 and there's definitely a lot of things that can go wrong if you aren't being careful on the farm.

  44. Another safety tip for working with large animals. If you are using a lead rope, never wrap the rope around you hand. If you need to take up slack, roll it up then put your hand around the loop. This is from growing up with horses, which tend to be jumpy.

  45. Just on the noon news today… Farmer somewhere up north got his foot and leg caught in a swing away auger and was alone with no phone, nobody coming to check on him (guess it was a one man operation), so he used his pocket knife to cut his own leg off to get free of the machine, then crawled a hundred feet to the nearest phone to call for help… He lived…

    I worry about you guys having the dogs in the cab with you, and folks that take little kids in the cab, sometimes more than one. I'd recommend never getting out of a running machine in those situations, and staying well clear of anything that can move, like hydraulically lifted implements or attachments, or directly in front or behind it, because if the kids or dog accidentally work a switch or button unexpectedly, your toast… Friend of my grandpa's dies that way- he was going to check cows in the pickup with his dog, he shifted in neutral and got out to open the gates, and the dog hit the lever accidentally and bumped it in gear, and the truck ran him over and pinned him under the truck against the muffler before it but a post and stopped, and burned him to death. Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star trek films, got killed a few years ago basically the same way, vehicle jumped out of park and rolled back, pinned him to the gate, and killed him.

    Another bit of good advice is, never ASSUME that just because someone has done something one way a hundred times before, that they'll do it that way EVERY time… This past fall in Indiana during harvest, a neighbor of a woman my SIL works with nearly got killed… She was running cart and her BIL was running the combine, breaking open a field. He had ALWAYS started off in a complete circle around the field and she figured he would again this time too. She got out of her tractor and went into the standing corn, because either her or her dog needed to pee, and she ended up being pulled into the corn head and losing both her arm and leg on one side of her body… She had earphones or earbuds in and couldn't hear the machine coming when her BIL suddenly decided to double back unexpectedly, rather than circle the field. Another good point, don't block your hearing with loud radios, earphones, or earbuds when your in a situation that demands situational awareness, like being hidden in standing corn during harvest…

    Later! OL J R

  46. Very excellent points…..great job…..been around all kinds of farm machinery……my dad taught me at a very young age to be very carefull…..farm equipment has no forgiveness

  47. Little cousin was riding on the front with his dad and it went wrong and he was thrown 26 feet, had his head caved in and he lived luckily thank the Lord. He now has 8 plates in his head. They are very very dangerous to ride on the front. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS VIDEO

  48. Whenever you have to grab a calf, to either tag it or band it, never ever straddle it, especially if you’re a man. Also, keep your head as far back as possible, I had a calf whip it’s head back one time and shattered my jaw

  49. Be careful with forklifts , my dad broke 3 fingers today because he got his hand between the fork and the hitch of an trailer

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