The collapse of silage bunkers and piles has resulted in numerous injuries and deaths. Even piles and bunkers that appear well-packed and well-managed are not always safe. To help decrease the chances of an accident occurring on your operation, adhere to the following guidelines:
- DO NOT fill bunker silos and drive-over piles higher than unloading equipment can reach safely.
- DO NOT dig the bucket into the bottom of the silage as it could create a dangerous overhang.
- DO NOT park vehicles or equipment near the feedout face.
- DO NOT allow people to approach the feedout face.
- DO take silage samples from a front-end loader bucket after moving it a safe distance away from the feedout face.
- DO use proper unloading techniques, such as shaving silage down the feedout face.
- DO follow the “buddy rule” by never working in or near a bunker or pile alone.