Blocking and Chocking: How to Safely Park and Store Hay and Grain Wagons in the Field
Posted: August 31, 2012
Blocking and chocking are important steps to safely store hay and grain wagons in the field. Keep these safety tips in mind when performing these fall chores.
- Be sure to bring blocks and chocks with you to the field before hitching. Some farmers will look for items such as rocks because they forgot to bring the blocks and chocks with them.
- Block and chock the towed implement before it’s unhitched from the towing vehicle.
- Make sure the chocks are large enough to keep the towed tires from running over them.
- Keep the front wheels on the parked implement turned uphill—rather than downhill.
- Don’t remove the wheel chocks until the implement is hitched to a stable towing vehicle.
- Don’t put chocks in the operator’s station where they could hinder operation of the vehicle. For instance, you don’t want the chocks close to the foot throttle or brakes.