Don’t bail on safety

SAFETY FIRST: Feed Central wants hay safety to be given the same priority as pool safety.

ONE of Australia’s leading fodder feed companies wants hay safety to be given the same priority as pool safety.

Feed Central is playing its part in improving hay safety with the release today of a new video and poster that walks people through the safe delivery, unloading and storing of hay.

Feed Central general manager Cieran Maxwell said the video focuses on the safe movement and receiving of hay with important safety tips for the storing, stacking and unloading of hay.

Mr Maxwell said hay safety sometimes is an overlooked risk.

“There are a number of people injured or killed every year from incidents with hay bales,” he said.

“Young families with children need to treat a haystack like a swimming pool; you have to be safe around it.”

This is in part due to a new era of high-density balers which has increased the size and weight of hay bales.

“With high-density bales now consistently ranging between 550 to 750 kilograms, if a bale falls on you from any height, you’re unlikely to survive,” Mr Maxwell said.

The new Feed Central video highlights the need for checking truck loads before removing straps, and good practice in moving bales, building stacks and storing bales.

“It’s an area of concern,” Mr Maxwell said.

“Any movement of hay bales is risky but when dealing with multiple bales coming off trucks, everyone in the vicinity is further exposed to a higher risk.”

Mr Maxwell said farmers, contractors, employees, families and children need to be aware of safety around hay bales.

“If stacks aren’t made right, falling bales can be extremely dangerous, in this video we talk about getting it right from the start and from the ground up,” he said.

He added that the “look up and live” message about power lines could equally apply to a shed with hay bale stacks.

Mr Maxwell said the more solid bales are made, the safer they are to work with, but that of course relies on the consistency of quality, well-shaped, tight bales.

The poster and hay safety video is available on the Feed Central website: