Be safe this fodder season
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 email@example.com.
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 www.afia.org.au.
BE CAREFUL: Be safe this fodder season is the message coming from the Australian Fodder Industry Association.