Safety and being alert around Hay bales and Hay trucks are very important!!!

Large square bales, round bales and small bales can fall from stacks or from trucks almost silently during the unloading/loading/stacking process and have been known to kill or seriously injure people in the agricultural industry. Extreme caution should be taken by persons on the ground close to a Hay truck or barn being loaded or unloaded. One false move by a loader operator or person on the load and a bale could fall from a height with deadly force that will crush a person.


A very common situation may be that a driver starts to undo his straps and the loader operator starts to unload making a false move and pushing bales off the opposite side of the truck where the driver is working and not focused on what the loader operator is doing. Large Square bales can tip off the truck, bounce and strike or pin and crush a person. Another bad situation is when an operator attempts to lift any type of large square, round bales or pallets of shavings with an open station tractor and no proper guards. One false move and bales come toppling over the loader and crushing the operator in the tractor seat.


No matter what the situation and no matter what the size the bales we stress to anyone around Hay trucks or Hay loading equipment to:

  • Be alert at all times of where the bales over their head can fall from.
  • Never turn your back to a loader machine when close to the truck or barn and in the line of a possible falling bale.
  • Always make sure the operator or loading man knows if you are underneath where they are working.
  • Never walk under a working Hay elevator without being totally alert of the bales on it.
  • Use common sense and do not come around unloading/loading situations if you do not have experience.


Thank you for taking the time to be alert and careful keeping all persons involved safe.

In by Nick Fitzpatrick