Accident statistics show that grain augers are one of the most dangerous pieces of machinery used on the farm. These statistics mean you should use extra caution when working with them, says a North Dakota State University agricultural safety specialist. Below are some safety tips to help you elevate your grain in a safe manner while keeping your risk of injury down.


  • Keep safety shields on the intake end of the auger.
  • Shield all power-take-off shafts on grain augers.
  • Shield all belt-drive systems on grain augers.
  • Be sure electrically powered grain augers are safely grounded.
  • Have safe starting systems on small engine-powered grain augers.
  • Look up when moving augers near overhead power lines.
  • Set up only on flat ground. They can easily tip over on hills.
  • Empty augers before attempting to move them. Full augers will tip.
  • Stop the flow of grain before stopping the auger.
  • Transport in the lowered position.
  • Tie a red flag to the end of a lowered auger that’s being moved on the road.
  • Move augers on the road only during daylight hours.
  • Plan turns ahead of time. Augers turn sharper than the towing vehicle.