The KB Custom Ag Service’s “Harvest Safety First” program instituted in 2015 continues to carry great success in meeting our company’s safety goals. A 2015 grant from the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) Grants Program was used to foster our goal to be “champions” of worker safety and health in an industry (forage harvesting) that invites many opportunities for injury or fatality.
By raising awareness through regular safety trainings, our “Harvest Safety First” program has served to dramatically reduce our overall accident rate throughout the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Our safety program starts with a mandatory annual employee orientation day, where we spend extended time with current employees and new hires sharing newsfeeds and photos of accidents or deaths that have occurred across the nation during silage harvesting. Discussion on risks and avoidance is held, company safety policies are reviewed followed by the viewing of a powerful video created by U.S. Custom Harvesters on forage harvest safety.
We are grateful to the Ag Safety and Health Council of America and to the U.S. Custom Harvesters organization for their support of our ongoing “Harvest Safety First” campaign. We highly recommend the U.S. Custom Harvesters Forage Harvest Safety video to others. It can be purchased from their website at https://www.uschi.com/shop/.