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New handy harvester guide

  • Take precautions before and during harvesting to minimise fire risk
  • Take every measure possible to avoid the accumulation of flammable material on the manifold, turbocharger or exhaust system.

By: Sonia Maclean

Category: Community Safety

  3.38 PM 13 November, 2013

Location: General

Views: 2400

A new pocket guide to help grain growers reduce their fire risk while bringing in this season’s crop has been developed by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The GRDC’s Back Pocket Guide sets out some simple steps to help farmers minimise fire risk during the busy harvesting season.

Agricultural engineer and harvester expert Graeme Quick said that harvester fires were common, with recent research showing that on average seven per cent of harvesters will start a fire every year.

“Almost everyone who owns or uses a harvester would have some sort of experience with this issue,” said Dr Quick, whose research into harvester fires is supported by the GRDC.

“Most incidents, however, go unreported as they are caught early. Knowing what to look for is critical.

The Back Pocket Guide is available here.

Last Updated: 21 November 2013