There are no shortcuts to a safe harvest. That’s why Case IH — as it has done annually for more than 30 years — recently launched its ProHarvest support tour with a safety training session.
In case you’re not familiar with this long-standing tradition, every wheat harvest, Case IH dispatches two support teams — backed by seasoned pros and stocked with thousands of genuine Case IH parts — to address harvesters’ unique equipment needs on the spot. The ProHarvest tour starts in South Texas and follows custom-harvest crews using Axial-Flow® combines as harvest progresses north through the U.S. Wheat Belt and into Canada. Case IH launches the wheat run with a combine orientation and safety education program.
A milestone achievement
This year’s training carried special meaning, as it marked the 25th year these sessions were conducted in partnership with Great Plains Technical College in Frederick, Oklahoma. On behalf of the Oklahoma Legislature, state Sen. Chris Kidd delivered a commendation recognizing Case IH for its ongoing partnership with the college and for training more than 6,500 participants through the years. Special recognition also went to Jim Smith, who manages the vocational education program at GPTC, and Dan Renaud, former product specialist at Case IH, who has been involved in the training program for 15 years.
The collaboration doesn’t end there. Local members of the National FFA Organization help Case IH put on the event, which is open to all harvest crews, regardless of the manufacturer of the combines they run.
Safety reminders we all can use
No matter your experience level or whether you operate combines on your own farm or as part of a custom-harvesting crew, the premise of the ProHarvest training holds true: Equipment is designed to be safe, but if it’s not used correctly, serious consequences can occur. Keep these tips in mind:
- Warning decals are there to warn you about potential dangers, so pay attention to them.
- Shields are designed to protect you in dangerous areas — if you remove a shield, be sure to replace it.
- Before starting a combine, blast the horn three times and then wait to ensure everyone is clear.
- Always follow procedures; stay alert to what you’re doing; be aware of what is happening around you.
In addition to extensive safety training, the ProHarvest kickoff includes orientation on Axial-Flow combines. That’s important with a high percentage of attendees being new combine operators from across North America and other countries, including Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
For more information about ProHarvest support, contact your Case IH ProHarvest dealer. You’ll find them throughout the wheat run.
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