With the 2017 fodder harvest already under way, people are often working long hours resulting in fatigue.
When this happens it’s all too easy to overlook or forget about safety and this can have disastrous consequences.
The Australian Fodder Industry Association is asking everyone involved in the fodder industry to be aware of the following checklist as the industry celebrates National Hay Safe Day on Wednesday, October 25.
■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 haysheds.
■Prominent signage warning of the dangers of moving vehicles are displayed in haysheds.
■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.
■Operators are familiar with changing work environments and possible hazards such as power lines and poles.
■For a copy of AFIA’s ‘CAUTION! Be Aware of Falling Bales’ poster, email AFIA’s chief executive officer John McKew on email@example.com