April 2019 - Velcourt

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Incident:

An experienced operator had instructed a junior operator to manoeuvre a tractor into the farm workshop. This meant manoeuvring the tractor around other stationery tractors that were being worked on at the time, by the dealers, missing them by a couple of feet.

Follow up:

The Farm Manager arrived as this was happening and put an immediate stop to the moving.


Incident:

A member of staff has been spreading Urea/ Sulphur blend. During filling the spreader, the operator shakes the bag to get the last prills out of the bag. Whilst doing this, prills have fallen down inside the operator’s overalls and shirt and made contact with the operator’s chest. Three days later it was noticed that the fertiliser had caused small rashes/ burns on the operator’s chest. The operator used some antiseptic cream, which is healing the rash/burn

Follow up:

A long handle with a knife is currently used to keep the operator away from the bags when cutting. This has been lengthened. Also, the operator has been reminded to keep his overalls zipped up fully during the filling process. The way that the bags are cut have been reviewed so that the bag is not required to be shaken (Cut to one side of the centre of the back- underneath). If the bag does need to be shaken out it is now done so at ground level on clean concrete and then swept up afterwards and put in the spreader.


Incident:

An operator was carrying out maintenance on the destoner, whilst the machines was raised without axle stands or ram stops

Follow up:

Management saw what was happening and instructed the operator not to work on a raised machine without axle stands or ram stops. This was also reiterated to the whole team


Incident:

An operator was seen standing on the destoner clearing a stone jammed between the webs and frame whilst the engine of the tractor was still running with the PTO disengaged.

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The manager shouted at the operator to get down with immediate effect, switch the engine off before resuming clearing the blockage. After being reminded all repairs must be carried out with the engine switched off.

The manager discussed the potential injuries that his actions could result in, from losing a limb to death, and the damage that would do to his family and the business.


Incident:

An employee was kicked in the knee by a cow


Incident:

An employee slipped and fell off the milking parlour pit wall resulting in a badly sprained ankle.

Follow up:

Staff reminded that the surfaces can be slippery and extra care should be taken when working in and around the milking parlour pit.