Safety alert 01/2010 - Hay bales crush retired farmer
A retired farmer was fatally injured when he was struck and crushed by hay bales falling from a truck being unloaded by a telescopic handler (telehandler). The retired farmer drove the truck into a hay shed and had left the cabin, while the telehandler was operating on the opposite side of the vehicle. Two hay bales were dislodged during the unloading operation and fell onto the retired farmer.
- The truck was being unloaded with a pedestrian in the vicinity.
- The telehandler operator did not have a clear view of the pedestrian.
- The weight of the hay bales was sufficient to cause fatal injuries.
- Conduct a risk assessment for mobile plant operations.
- Exclude pedestrians from areas where trucks are being loaded or unloaded by mobile plant.
- Provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision of persons involved in unloading trucks.
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