Be safe this fod­der sea­son

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - HAY AND SILAGE -

LAST month, the Aus­tralian Fod­der In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (AFIA) cel­e­brated Na­tional Hay Safe Day.

Held on Oc­to­ber 25, the day serves as a re­minder to all pro­duc­ers to make sure their equip­ment is safe ahead of the 2017 fod­der sea­son.

AFIA rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing check­list as a way to keep your farm hay safe. Make sure:

ma­chin­ery is se­curely shut­down be­fore main­te­nance oc­curs;

ad­e­quate safety guards are fit­ted to ma­chin­ery;

fire ex­tin­guish­ers and first aid kits are func­tional and lo­cated close to bal­ing op­er­a­tions;

prominent sig­nage warn­ing of the dan­gers of fall­ing bales are clearly dis­played in hay sheds;

prominent sig­nage warn­ing of the dan­gers of mov­ing ve­hi­cles are dis­played in hay sheds;

warn­ing signs are clearly dis­played on all ma­chin­ery;

plant op­er­a­tors are fa­mil­iar with rel­e­vant safety pro­ce­dures;

all cau­tion lights and re­vers­ing alarms are op­er­a­tional on ma­chin­ery;

dry flammable crop ma­te­ri­als are reg­u­larly re­moved from build-up ar­eas on ma­chin­ery; and

op­er­a­tors are fa­mil­iar with chang­ing work en­vi­ron­ments and pos­si­ble haz­ards such as power lines and poles.

AFIA is also of­fer­ing a free print out – warn­ing farm vis­i­tors and work­ers of the dan­ger of fall­ing hay bales.

To re­ceive a copy of the im­age, email John at AFIA

Na­tional Hay Safe Day is an ini­tia­tive that was started by Suzanne Woods, an AFIA mem­ber, and fod­der grower and hay ex­porter from Western Aus­tralia.

In Oc­to­ber, 2009, Suzanne lost her fa­ther in an ac­ci­dent on their farm - and since then, she has been a tire­less cam­paigner for in­creas­ing farm safety.

For more in­for­ma­tion on safety in the Aus­tralian fod­der in­dus­try please con­tact the AFIA of­fice on (03) 9670 0523 or visit

BE CARE­FUL: Be safe this fod­der sea­son is the message com­ing from the Aus­tralian Fod­der In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion.

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