March 2019 - Velcourt

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Incident:

An operator was driving a tractor and drill back to the main farm yard. He drove through a set of traffic lights controlling a narrow section of road, on green, to be met be a speeding car which then hit the rear wheel of the tractor damaging the side panels and smashing the windows of the car. The other driver claimed to also enter the section of road on a green light, it became apparent that the traffic lights had malfunctioned on more than one occasion that day.


Incident:

An operator was repairing a power harrow, needing to access the underside of the machine. The power harrow was raised on the tractors hydraulics but not supported by additional axle stands. The Farm Manager spotted this and instructed the operate to use axle stands.

Follow up:

Axle stands where put in place immediately.


Incident:

A telehandler pulling a fertiliser trailer along a busy A road indicated to turn right down a country lane. Behind the telehandler was a lorry who saw the indication and slowed down. A car behind the lorry did not see the telehandler and overtook the lorry, crashing into the front tyre of the telehandler.

Follow up:

The trailer indicators were working and the operator had pulled over to the right side of the no overtaking lane onto the diagonal white lines making it clear and obvious that he was turning right. All operators reminded to follow this procedure.


Incident:

A tractor and flatbed trailer were transporting potato seed crates a short distance (500 metres) on the road from one yard to another. After negotiating a junction, two crates slipped from the trailer onto the verge. No other parties were involved in the accident. The crates that fell from the trailer were not strapped down, only the front and rear stacks had been strapped, due to the short distance required to travel.

Follow up

All staff have been instructed to strap the entire load at all times, regardless of distance required to travel. The metal storage crates slide easily on the metal checker plate surface of the trailer, therefore a simple method of ensuring the legs of the crates cannot move has been implemented using angle iron secured to the trailer to prevent crates from moving even when strapped down. Page 2 of 4 20 September 2018


Incident:

Whilst an employee was welding a bracket up in the farm workshop, a stray spark from the welder went into a plain cardboard box that had come from Spalding’s with some workshop sundries but also contained bird scaring rockets, which the employee was unaware of, it had been moved away but was still too close to the welding bench. The bird scaring rockets ignited when the cardboard box caught fire. The resulting bangs echoed round the workshop which affected the operator’s ears as he was unware he had caught the box on fire with sparks from the welder. He called 111 and was advised to go to A and E as his ears were ringing.

Follow up

All bird scaring equipment should be stored in another shed with restricted access. All operators have been told to ensure they are fully aware of their surroundings when they are carrying out work such as welding and grinding in the workshop and to ensure there are no combustible materials in the vicinity.


Incident:

Whilst using an angle grinder cutting some steel in the workshop the sparks set fire to the workman’s overalls. The worker had the wrong latex faced gloves on, so in a panic not wanting to melt to gloves too, he took off these gloves and tried to pat out the flames unprotected causing some minor burns to his fingers.

Follow up

Employees were reminded to use the leather rigger gloves provided when grinding & cutting. After closer inspecting the CASE IH overalls are 65% polyester and are therefore more flammable than the cheaper higher cotton content overalls. A leather apron has now been purchased, and will be worn at all times when grinding, cutting and welding.


Incident:

A member of staff was putting out bird scarers, the kite and telescopic pole type. He was collapsing the telescopic pole when his finger got caught between the 2 sections resulting in nasty cut due to the sharp edge on the pole. This was an older pole that didn’t have metal smooth edges, it has been noted that all new poles have these softer edges.

Follow up

Staff advised to wear gloves when sharp edges are a risk.


Incident:

While doing routine scheduled checks on all trailers. Loose wheel bearing locking nuts where discovered in the hub of one of the Bailey grain trailers. (Not the wheel nuts).

Had the checks not taken place this could have resulted in a loss of the complete wheel and hub assembly. This was tightened and the locking tabs inside the hub checked and put correctly in place.

Follow up:

Farms should now routinely check inside the hub covers on the trailers.