UK livestock farmers have been warned by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) to check their bulk feed bins regularly for structural defects or corrosion. The warning comes in the wake of a two incidents in the Netherlands where feed bins collapsed. One was a near miss but the other resulted in the death of a farmer.
George Perrott, AICs Feed Sector Head said: Feed bins are familiar objects on livestock farms but can be holding tonnes of feed up in the air. Over time, these static pieces of equipment are just taken for granted. Corrosion or accidental damage can make them unsafe.
It is good practice to routinely inspect feed bins, looking at signs of corrosion in metalwork, loose metalwork or cracks in welds. Also, should there be an accidental collision with a farm vehicle or delivery truck always carry out a visual inspection for any damage that could weaken the supports.
The tragic and catastrophic incidents in the Netherlands are a timely reminder of how important it is to pay attention to regular inspection of equipment.