Be Safe Around Balers (PSA Radio Script)

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Balers account for nearly half of the machine-related injuries on farms reported to the National Safety Council. Remember these safety tips when you harvest hay or forage crops this month:

  • Never hand-feed twine into the baler.
  • Large round bales weigh 1,200 to 1,500 pounds and can be difficult to load or transport. Never drive with a large bale on a raised front-end loader. The tractor could tip, or the bale could roll down the arms of the loader.
  • Always lock and block the baler to check, clean, or repair the machine.

You can make your harvest season a safe one.

This radio public service announcement script was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm Program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: July 1992.

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