THE Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) asks everyone involved in the fodder industry to run through the ‘Make sure your workplace is HAY SAFE’ checklist every day with all of your all workers/operators and family members.
With the 2017 fodder harvest underway, that often means people working long hours resulting in fatigue and when this happens it’s all too easy to overlook or forget about safety and this can have disastrous consequences.
It can only take a split-second for something to go wrong and put the safety of a business owner, employees, family members or the public at risk. That’s why AFIA is asking everyone involved in making and transporting hay and silage to take the opportunity to run through the ‘Make sure your workplace is HAY SAFE’ checklist every day.
That checklist includes reminders to ensure:
• 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 signs warning of the dangers of falling bales are clearly displayed in hay sheds.
• Prominent signs 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.
• Operators are familiar with changing work environments and possible hazards such as power lines and poles.
Remember work health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, and the AFIA want everyone to take on the Hay Safe Day messages, making safety a focus and helping to prevent accidents from happening in your hay or silage business.
If you would like a copy of the AFIA’s ‘CAUTION! Be Aware of Falling Bales’ poster on email to print out and place around your workplace, please email John at AFIA firstname.lastname@example.org
Share your safety initiatives and thoughts on AFIA’s social media platforms, via Twitter @AusFodder and Facebook @Ausfodder
For more information on safety in the Australia fodder industry please contact the AFIA office on 9670 0523 or visit www.afia.org.au
Safety around the hay stack