Check the baler is ready for hay season

25 Jul, 2018 10:12 AM
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Get prepared for hay season by doing a safety check of the baler.
This checklist can help make sure everyone is safe during this busy and arduous time of the year.
Get prepared for hay season by doing a safety check of the baler.

With hay season approaching, it's worth checking the hay baler before heading out into the paddock.

This checklist can help make sure everyone is safe during this busy and arduous time of the year.

Guards properly secured for:

  • Belts and pulleys.
  • Chains and sprockets.
  • Meshing gears.
  • Drive shafts and other moving parts.
  • Pick-up reel (guard is extended in front of the tynes).
  • Preventing access to the sides and between the pick-up reel guardrail and the top of the bale chamber.
  • PTO (power take off) fitted with the appropriate guard to prevent entanglement.
  • Mechanical safety stoppers at the rear doors of the bale chamber properly fitted.
  • Safety critical components adequately labelled with hazard warning labels including warning against:

  • Feeding intake on both sides of the drawbar - entanglement in rotating driveline.
  • Unloading gate and the locking mechanism - crushing by an unsecured gate in the open position.
  • All hazardous moving components - removing guards and safety devices provided.
  • Check following components:

  • Hitch pin with safety clip provided and structurally sound.
  • Flywheel brake provided and structurally sound.
  • Emergency stop device fitted.
  • Approved seatbelt fitted and working properly.
  • Suitable fire-fighting equipment available.
  • For a record of maintenance form or for a copy of WorkSafe's Handbook for Workplaces: Safe Use of Tractors with Attachments go to www.thepeopleindairy.org.au. D

    Article courtesy of GippsDairy's How Now Gippy Cow.

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