Personal Safety

Stay safe and protect those around you, guarding against the hazards of flowing grain and silo gasses. Use safety tips to avoid harvesting accidents, operate dump trucks and trailers safely and be cautious about extra riders on farm equipment.

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Downed cherry tree in pasture. Note nearly all cherry leaves stripped from the tree by cattle. Photo credit – Del Voight, Penn State Extension
Cyanide Poisoning of Livestock from Cherry Tree Leaves - Articles Articles
Take time to examine the woodlines along your pastures. If they contain cherry trees, you risk losing livestock to cyanide poisoning. More
Photo provided by the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH)
Fall Harvest Safety Tips - Articles Articles

Fall Harvest Safety Tips

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

With the urgency felt by farm families during the fall season, here are some safety reminders. More
Seguridad en el Llenado del Silo
Seguridad en el Llenado del Silo - Articles Articles

Seguridad en el Llenado del Silo

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Hoja Informativa sobre Seguridad en el Llenado del Silo More
Peligros Respiratorios en las Fincas
Peligros Respiratorios en las Fincas - Articles Articles

Peligros Respiratorios en las Fincas

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Hoja Informativa sobre Peligros Respiratorios en las Fincas. More
Silo Gases - the Hidden Danger
Silo Gases - the Hidden Danger - Articles Articles

Silo Gases - the Hidden Danger

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Silo gas is formed by the natural fermentation of chopped silage shortly after it is placed in the silo. More
Safely Making and Handling Large Package Hay Bales
Safely Making and Handling Large Package Hay Bales - Articles Articles
Shortage of labor and the need to rapidly harvest hay in its prime condition continues to increase the use of large package hay balers. More
Silo Filling Safety
Silo Filling Safety - Articles Articles

Silo Filling Safety

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Few farming operations provide as many different opportunities for accidents to happen as filling the silo. More
Forage cutter
Safe Forage Harvesting - Articles Articles

Safe Forage Harvesting

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Forage harvesting begins with the cutting of fresh forage, and can be done by a mower, mower-conditioner, or a windrower. More
Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Lands
Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Lands - Videos Videos
Production of biomass crops such as perennial grasses, willow, or poplar are often considered for so called marginal lands. More
Gases Del Silo - Un Peligro Escondido
Gases Del Silo - Un Peligro Escondido - Articles Articles
Hoja Informativa sobre Gases Del Silo - Un Peligro Escondido More
Farm Respiratory Protection
Farm Respiratory Protection - Articles Articles

Farm Respiratory Protection

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D., William Harshman

Farming is filled with respiratory hazards such as pesticide vapors, dusty fields, dangerous hydrogen sulfide accumulations in manure pits and pump sumps. More
Farm Respiratory Hazards
Farm Respiratory Hazards - Articles Articles

Farm Respiratory Hazards

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Farmer’s Lung and Organic Dust Toxicity Syndrome (ODTS) are names given to two farm occupational diseases caused by inhaling airborne mold spores. More
Farm Dump Truck and Trailer Safety
Farm Dump Truck and Trailer Safety - Articles Articles

Farm Dump Truck and Trailer Safety

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D., William Harshman

This article will examine large farm dump truck and trailer safety issues relating to the use of these units on farms. More
Keep Extra Riders off Tractors!
Extra Riders on Farm Equipment - Articles Articles

Extra Riders on Farm Equipment

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D., Sam Steel

Farm equipment manufacturers have begun installing extra seats on some farm machinery; most notably large tractors and self-propelled machines like combines and forage harvesters. More
Estándar de OSHA sobre Protección de Maquinarias
Estándar de OSHA sobre Protección de Maquinarias - Articles Articles
Hoja Informativa sobre Estándar de OSHA sobre Protección de Maquinarias More
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