Falling hay bales: A health and safety solution

How to identify, manage and reduce the risks of falling hay bales on farms.


What it contains

Falling hay bales from haystacks, trucks or trailers are known farm risks. They can cause serious injury and death. This document tells you:

  • why hay bales pose significant health and safety risks on farms
  • how to move hay bales safely using farm equipment
  • work systems that reduce the risk of falling hay bales
  • how to protect others by keeping the work area clear and cordoned off
  • how to safely transport hay bales to reduce the risk of a fall