Canadian Agricultural Safety Association Releases Bale Handling Recommendations
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
It is a busy time of year for farmers as they are haying, bailing and transporting hay bales. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association released a safety article pertaining to handling large round bales.
The article said the vast majority of injuries occur when bales are being moved from one place to another, or when the bales are being lifted incorrectly. Glen Blahey, Agriculture Safety and Health Specialist for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association said farmers should always be on the lookout for hazards, while seeking to enhance workplace safety.
Practicing safety occurs in four key stages – lifting, loading, transport and unloading. Failing to lift bales properly can result in tractors or vehicles to rollover or bales to fall off of equipment - which could put farm operators or others at risk. When loading bales it is important not to rush, to avoid accidents. When transporting bales, checking blind spots can sometimes be tricky - always be aware of traffic conditions and take proper precautions with other motorists. Unloading should be proceeded with caution - watch for unexpected bale movement.
More information about farm safety or bale handling can be found at:www.agsafetyweek.ca/media-kit.