Reducing Harvester Fire Risk

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Type: PDF, Webpage
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Although it's not actually a pocket guide, and more intended to be accessed online as new information is included regularly, this is a well designed resource, easy to read by including lots of graphics and checklists to ensure the information isn't too dense.


The Back Pocket Guide

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has developed a pocket guide about reducing the risk of harvest related fires.

Harvester fires can not only damage or destroy machinery but can also cause considerable damage to surrounding crops and properties and endanger life.

  • all harvesters are prone to fire but crop and machine losses can be minimised with hygiene, inspection and maintenance
  • bearings, hydraulic lines and belts need to be closely monitored and the harvester should be kept free of dust and chaff accumulation
  • according to Kondinin Group research, on average annually, around 7% of harvesters will start a fire. Of these, one in ten will cause significant damage to the machine or surrounding crop
  • if you detect a fire, face the harvester into the wind and evacuate promptly

The resource is available for download and includes more detailed information about this important safety topic.

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