MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is offering a Fall Learning Series webinar focused on helping grain elevators prepare for harvest.

The three-part webinar series starts Sept. 21.

Each session is free and available to broadcast live; replays are available to GEAPS members.

Each day a new session will be hosted.

The bin preparation, operations and maintenance session will be hosted on Sept. 21 and presented by John Hanig of Sukup. The session will include:

  • Safety:  Lockout/tagout, bin entry and shields
  • Drives:  Belts, pulleys, chains, sprockets, bearing and gearboxes
  • Auger process:  Sweep auger location, flight condition and gate positions
  • Operations:  Fans, heating, vents and conduits/electoral connections and doors
  • Structure:  Foundation, anchor bolts and roof

The Sept. 22 session will be a harvest safety review led by Joe Mlynek of Safety Made Simple. The webinar will explain the importance of accountability from a super/manager perspective. It  also is going to highlight the importance of training for seasonal workers and the dangers of worker fatigue during the harvest season. Attendees will learn about the importance of basic housekeeping, preventative maintenance, moving vehicles safety and other areas vital to safety during the busy harvest season.

The last part in the Fall Learning Series webinar will tackle harvest equipment prevention. It will be held Sept. 24 and presented by David Hughes of the NORD Gear Corp.

During this webinar, Hughes will review the core areas to be aware of when it comes to gearboxes, motors and overall drive systems. Hughes also plans to talk about the importance of comprehensive inspections and having a preventative maintenance schedule. He is also going to describe the approaches he would suggest for documentation of the work and results.

For more information about the webinar series or to register please visit the GEAPS Fall Learning Series website.