September 2018 - Velcourt

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Incident:

A free flow return hydraulic pipe on a plough burst. Approximately 300L of hydraulic oil was deposited on both sides of a road that was a 60mph speed limit. The police were called and the farm staff put up warning signs as well as applying spill absorbing kits to the road.

Follow up:

Waiting for the police before taking action could have resulted in an incident. Being proactive and taking action themselves by sign posting and purchasing some spill kit from the local ag dealers proved to be the best course of action. The police do still need to be called in order to ‘sign off’ our actions declaring the road safe.

Incident:

A Puma 150CVX was corn carting when a knocking noise was occurring from the pick-up hitch area. After close inspection 10 bolts has worked loose and fallen out in and around the pickup hitch structure that bolted the hitch to the chassis. Only 2 bolts where holding the hitch on.

Follow up:

The check on the pickup hitch in this occasion was clearly over looked as all the bolts are out of sight underneath the tractor. Pick up hitch bolts inspection is now included in the daily checks for all tractors as well as daily wheel nut checks.

Incident:

A third fire has occurred on a Puma 220 CVX tractor, from all the incidents there seems to be a build-up of dry grass and chaff that sits on top of the exhaust and as the heat builds up in the exhaust it starts to smoulder and catch light. Previously the fires have occurred during or soon after using a front mower but on this occasion the tractor was actually hooked up to a combi-drill, the last time it had the mower on the front was nearly a week ago and the tractor used on other tasks since then.

Follow up:

The issue has been raised with Case IH.

Incident:

A worker hit the edge of a shed while reversing into it at the end of the day in the dark.

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Drivers are reminded that if required a banks man is always required to watch you reverse. Otherwise drive into the shed and reversed out in the day light the next day.

Incident:

A staff member was sorting out dry cows in a field and a cow barged past and trapped the workers arm between a gate and the body of the cow.

Follow up:

Extra care to be taken when handling cattle.

Incident:

A hole was being dug by a third party contractor, the digger struck a live underground cable, causing a flash and tripping the electricity to the local area. The operator followed procedures and immediately called the local power company who came out straight away, to isolate the cable and repair it.

Maps were checked for underground services and a risk assessment done for the work. However, there was no evidence or knowledge of the cable being there. The cable was approximately 1m deep.

Follow up:

The area should have been checked with a CAT scanner, to identify if there were any underground cables. The Method statement for all digger work, has been updated and states that all ground works must be scanned for electricity before disturbing the ground.