Bailing hay the safe way!

It’s that time of year again. Hay harvesting time! If you are out in the fields today trying to get the hay bailed up before the coming holiday weekend, remember these helpful tips to make sure the task is safety completed.

  • Haying equipment is used only during the summer, giving you nearly a year to forget the safety warnings. Read the owner’s manual!
  • Drink plenty of liquids, eat regular meals, get enough sleep.
  • Make sure all guards and shields are in place on your equipment.
  • Never try to unplug the baler until you have disengaged the PTO, shut off the tractor engine, and put the ignition key in your pocket.
  • Never work on a baler until the fly wheel has completely stopped.
  • Make sure twine is properly threaded and the twine arm is adjusted and in good working condition. Do not feed twine by hand into the baler.
  • Stay clear of the discharge conveyor on forage wagons while operating.
  • Never try to adjust cutter bars, reels, or conditioning rollers without disengaging the power.
  • Avoid rushed movements when working close to the equipment, even when stationary, sharp edges can still cause injury.

IMG_0149Remember, no crop, no matter how large or valuable, is worth an unnecessary injury or death.

Content provided by Oregon State University and Integrated Plant Protection Center. More found here.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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