Clemson Agricultural Safety

Irrigation and Center Pivot Safety Quiz – March 2024


1. If water is being sprayed on a powerline, what should you immediately do?
2. What three things increase the chances of a center pivot being struck by lightning?
3. Before touching a center pivot, you should always _______ it.
4. True or False: The hand/footholds on center pivots are designed to be used as a ladder.
5. True or False: Wheels on center pivots have excellent traction and can easily drive over large objects.


1. Call the power company immediately.
2. Their size, construction (being made of metal), and their height in the field.
3. Test it for electric current.
4. False
5. True

Ag Injury News Report – March 2024

Ag Injury News Report

1/27/2024: Sheriff: Man in Wisconsin dies after reported farm accident, no foul play suspected
1/22/2024: Volunteer fire chief killed in ATV accident
1/22/2024: Man seriously injured in Williams County tractor crash
1/21/2024: A 2 y/o girl was fatally injured in a farm incident
1/17/2024: Jenison man in critical condition after car hits tractor in Georgetown Twp.
1/11/2024: A 78 y/o male farmer was fatally injured in a farm incident.
1/10/2024: Woman hospitalized in rollover crash involving tractor

Ag Injury News – February 2024

Ag Injury News Report

11/10/2023: Elderly motorcyclist seriously injured in accident with farm tractor
11/09/2023: One person dead after Toledo grain bin collapses
11/09/2023: Scotland County teen gets leg stuck in grain auger
11/06/2023: Woman dies after colliding with tractor in Buttonwillow area
11/02/2023: Man Killed in Grain Bin Collapse in Toledo

Fall Prevention and Safety – February 2024

Fall Prevention and Safety

When discussing fall prevention and safety, most immediately think of falling from heights. While this is still an important piece to discuss, many people gloss over falls that occur every day on the farm due to slips and trips. The best way to prevent falls is to ensure that proper safety mechanisms are in place and areas remain clear and clutter-free.

Fall Prevention from Heights
The three main types of fall protection from heights are Guardrails, Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS), and Safety Nets. To achieve maximum fall prevention, it is recommended to use a combination of these three.


  • Provide fall protection in the form of fall restraint by not allowing a fall to be experienced.
  • While farms with fewer than 10 non-family employees are exempt from OSHA guidelines, it is still recommended that these guidelines be followed to decrease the risk of a fall.
  • Top Rail – 39 to 45 inches in Construction (42 inches in General Industry)
  • Mid Rail – between the top rail and the surface in Construction (21 inches in General Industry)
  • Toe Board – 3 ½ inches tall in Construction (4 inches in General Industry)
  • Load Rating – Minimum force of 200 pounds in a downward, outward motion

Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)

Remember the ABCs of PFAS:

  • Anchorage point – Must be independent of any anchor point being used to support platforms and must be able to support at least 5,000 lbs per attached person.
  • Body Harness – Persons must be strapped in with an approved and undamaged harness that will distribute the fall arrest forces over the body.
  • Connector – Connectors used to secure the harness to the anchor point must be strong enough to support the person’s weight and undamaged.

Safety Nets

  • Safety nets work by stopping a person from falling completely to ground level. While they do not prevent a fall, they can reduce injuries sustained during a fall.
  • Must be installed no more than 30 feet below the working level.
  • Can withstand a 400 pound drop test.
  • Must be inspected weekly
  • All objects must be removed from the net every day.

Fall Prevention and Safety Quiz – February 2024


1. What does PFAS stand for?
2. How many pounds must a safety net be able to sustain during a drop test?
3. What are the ABCs of PFAS?
4. True or False: Guardrails on farms must meet all OSHA regulations.
5. What is an essential way to prevent slips and trips on or around agricultural operations?


1. Personal Fall Arrest System
2. 400 lbs
3. Anchorage Point, Body Harness, Connectors
4. False, agricultural operations with fewer than 10 non-family employees are exempt from OSHA regulations.
5. Keeping areas neat and clutter-free

Safe Load Quiz – January 2024


1. What does WLL stand for?
2. If you are securing a load that is less than 10,000 lbs, how many tie-downs should you use?
3. A 1-inch ratchet strap is most commonly suitable to secure ____ lbs.
4. True or False: Lever action binders are safe to use on highways because they do not self-loosen.
5. If you are securing a load that is 10,000 lbs, what should the sum of all WLLs be?


1. Working Load Limit
2. You should use a minimum of two tie-downs.
3. 400 lbs
4. False, lever action binders are not suitable for use on highways because they may self-loosen.
5. All WLLs for securement devices should sum to 5,000

Ag Injury News Report – January 2024

Ag Injury News Report

12/22/2023: 2 year old fatally injured, run over by grain wagon on farm
10/29/2023: Upper Macungie man, 72, dies after falling off of grain bin
10/24/2023: Deputies: 2-year-old dead after he was run over by a tractor in Clermont County
10/23/2024: Brush fire near Alexandria area causes one death
10/19/2023: Missouri teen injured after farm truck overturns

Safe Load – January 2024

Safe Load

When moving equipment and other agricultural items on trailers, there are many things that should be considered to protect yourself, others on roadways, and the equipment. Below, you will find some helpful information to check before taking your load on the road.

Tiedown Maintenance

  • Ensure that your chosen tiedown mechanism is free of knots, damage, and that there are no weakened parts or sections. Any of these can decrease the integrity of the tiedown mechanism and make it unsafe for use.

Choosing the Correct Securement System

  • Before you begin strapping your cargo in place, ensure that you have selected a securement system that is appropriate for not only the size of the cargo but also its weight and shape.
  • When securing cargo, ensure that tie-downs are placed symmetrically over the entire length of the cargo to limit any shifting of the cargo.
  • Always determine the WLL (Working Load Limit) of the securement system before securing your cargo. WLL is the maximum load that may be applied to the securement system and is determined by the manufacturer.
  • If you are transporting 10,000 lbs or less, you must use at least two tie-downs. One should be placed at the front and one placed at the rear of the load. Even if you use a securement system with a WLL of 2,000 lbs and your cargo is only 1,000 lbs, you must still use two tie-downs.
  • If you are transporting more than 10,000 lbs, you must use a minimum of four tie-downs, and their WLLs added together must be half the weight of your load. This ensures that your load is properly secured and will not shift during transportation.

Common Securement Equipment

  • 1-inch Ratchet Strap: Use to secure loads less than 400 lbs
  • 2-inch Ratchet Strap: Use to secure loads less than 2,000 lbs
  • Ratchet Chain Binder: Use when securing larger loads such as vehicles or equipment. This securement system is easy to tighten and loosen but will not self-loosen.
  • Lever Action Binder: This securement device should not be used on highways. The level has the potential to swing open, resulting in your load no longer being secure. Exercise caution when using this securement device.

Winter Roadway Safety – December 2023

Winter Roadway Safety

An icy road in winter with a sign: Attention slippery!

With colder temperatures ahead of us this season, it is important to remember to be alert for snowy or icy roads. Icy roads can be very dangerous and affect your ability to keep control of your vehicle. Always remember to be on the lookout for wet areas that may have black ice that is not visible. Black ice is a thin layer of clear ice that may be difficult to see, especially during night. Icy spots are commonly found before and after bridges, in shady areas, and on/off ramps.

Things to remember when operating your vehicle in winter weather:

  • When behind another vehicle, reduce your speed and leave ample room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. During winter weather, it takes longer to stop your vehicle, making it imperative that you level extra room.
  • When braking, gently press your brakes. Only apply full pressure to your brakes if you have anti-locking brakes (ABS). If you do not have ABS, gently pump the pedal to come to a stop.
  • Never assume that your vehicle can handle all winter weather conditions. Even if you have four-wheel drive, you still may encounter trouble while operating your vehicle in winter conditions.
  • If your vehicle begins to skid, remove your foot from the accelerator and steer in the direction that you are skidding. This will help you overcome the skid and regain control of your vehicle.
  • If you get stuck in snow, do not repeatedly spin your wheels. This will cause you to become more stuck. Instead, gently press the accelerator and ease out if possible. If you must be pulled out of the snow, never use a chain. The tension on the chain may cause it to snap and sling forward into the vehicle pulling you out. Instead, use a tow strap made of cloth.

Winter Roadway Safety Quiz – December 2023


1. When is it most difficult to see where black ice is on a roadway? 
2. Where are some common places where black ice is found on roadways? 
3. If your vehicle is equipped with ABS, what should you do when applying the brakes? 
4. True or False: If you begin to skid, you should steer away from the direction that you are skidding. 
5. True or False: If your vehicle is stuck, you should never use a chain to pull your vehicle out because it could snap. 


1. At night
2. Before and after bridges, in shady areas, and on/off ramps
3. Apply full pressure to your brakes.
4. False, you should steer in the direction of the skid.
5. True, you should only use a tow strap to pull out a stuck vehicle.