Poultry farmers already know that climbing feed bins can be dangerous. In fact, accidents that happen on farms across the world are most attributed to slips, trips and falls. So today, Jason Jackson shares some helpful tips to ensure you and the people you work with stay as safe as possible when working on bins.
First, inspect your ladders from every angle, all the way from the inside out. Look at the rungs. Particularly, look for corrosion—regularly and routinely check these to ensure safety every time you use them.
When you are ready to climb, don’t rush. Put any tools you need in your pocket, a bag, a haul line—anything but carrying them in your hand.
Maintain at least three points of contact on the ladder at all times. Whether that be two hands and a foot, two feet and one hand—just be sure you have at least three.
Weather conditions can make a significant difference in the conditions of your ladder. If it’s wet or icy, it can be incredibly dangerous. Some days, the best choice is to make the wise yet difficult call that it’s going to have to wait.
There are OSHA-approved fall arrest devices that you can use to make climbing ladders safer. Be sure you have a cage around your ladder (as seen in the video) for extra safety.
No matter what you do, take extra precautions when on top of a feed bin. Keep yourself safe on the farm!
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About the Author
This blog was written by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business. Learn more about Allen here.
This blog was edited by Erin Flowers. As a writer and editor, Erin keeps a close eye on the details. Erin thoroughly researches each topic, fact checking and source searching to give our readers helpful resources for raising chickens, homesteading, and growing lawns and gardens. Erin graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She began working with Southland Organics in 2018. Learn more about Erin here.