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Tips for safely operating grain augers

Entanglements are one of the top hazards on a farm, and augers are often involved. If an auger is new or new to you, or hasn’t been used in a few months, review the owner’s manual (which many manufacturers have online).

Before starting the auger, check that all guards are secured in place and check for missing or illegible safety decals (some auger distributors make these available free of charge).

Also inspect the winch system for wear and tear, and ensure there is enough cable to wrap around the winch drum at least three times when the auger is down. Check that the cable anchor, fasteners, belts and any chains are all sufficiently tight.

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