May 2019 - Velcourt

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Incident:

Whilst sub soiling a field ahead of maize, an underground electricity line was damaged causing power to be lost to a residence near to the field. The operator was unaware that he had caused the damage at the time and had continued to work on the field. The resident called the energy supplier who sent out a team immediately to disconnect the power line and fix the issue. On arrival the power line was made safe. The power line in question was unknown to the farm and as such had not featured on any of the field risk maps. The operator was uninjured and there was no damage to machinery.

Follow up:

Further investigation with SSE will be had to ensure that there are no other underground electricity cables which are not mapped and all current maps will be replaced with up to date risks. A meeting will be held with all staff and contractors to refresh them on all noted risks and they will be supplied with updated maps for all vehicles.


Incident:

Whilst stomach tubing a calf, the calf moved its head quickly while the farm workers hand was on the muzzle, holding the tube. The teeth of the calf cut along the middle finger of the worker, leaving a 2cm injury.

Follow up:

Failure to appreciate hazards which has been noted.


Incident:

A cow threw its head back while being bolusing in the gate system, trapping a farm workers hand between the cows’ head and gate.

Follow up:

Fit head scoop to crush gate to aid bolusing Fitting some rubber padding to metal gate to lesson any future impact. Risk assessment to be reviewed with the above in mind


Incident:

The farm manager was making sure that the contractors were following the work plan and clamping the silage to the correct height. He noticed that the panel wall was failing and beginning to crack. The operation was stopped and everybody was moved to safety while a safe cause of action was prepared. During this the wall failed. No one was hurt or any damage caused to machinery.

Follow up: Page 2 of 3 24th April 2019

The broken wall was removed and the remaining wall was tested with the digger to make sure that there was no immediate danger of collapse. To rest of the silage was piled up against the clamp to ensure no further stresses were caused on the wall. The remaining wall will be removed when both clamps are empty. This particular wall was made of upright panels. All the other clamp wall on the farm are poured concrete.


Incident:

Whilst mending the tin on a door with a hammer the farm worker caught his finger on the sharp tin causing a cut to the index finger.


Incident:

An operator was travelling along the road with a 3m Powerharrrow combi unit on the back of the tractor the seed hopper of which completely obscures the rear view. He met a lorry on a narrow bridge, he checked his mirrors and engaged his hazard warning lights, he could see the car behind him had stooped in a wider part of the road, as he started to reverse, he heard a noise and stopped having only travelled about 5ft. A cyclist had come up very close behind him and was in his blind spot, the cyclist managed to get off the bike but his movements were impeded by his specialist cycling shoes, he was unhurt but his bicycle sustained some damage.

Follow up

All operators reminded to take extra care when travelling with large pieces of equipment. However, on this occasion every care had been taken. A further recommendation has been suggested that all large mounted or trailed equipment that block the rear view to be fitted with warning notice; IF YOU CANNOT SEE MY MIRRORS I CANNOT SEE YOU. As seen on many lorries.