Man pinned down by giant hay bale

Ambulance Service NSW helicopter
Ambulance Service NSW helicopter

TWO farm accidents within three days has prompted local NSW Ambulance Inspector Steve Pollard to issue a warning to local farmers to take extra care when going about their daily work.

This follows an incident on the Old Forbes Road on Monday where a 69-year-old male was pinned under a large 1.5mx1.8m square bale estimated to weigh between 500-600 kilograms.

While it was not known how the accident occurred - by the time paramedics arrived, the bale had been removed and the man was transported by the Orange-based Ambulance Service NSW helicopter to Orange Base Hospital with pelvis and hip injuries.

Another male, who attempted to lift the bale off the 69-year-old, was taken to Young District Hospital with back injuries.

Inspector Pollard said that incident, combined with the fatality at Cootamundra at the weekend, was a stark reminder of the dangers on farms.

He said while farm accidents did not form a huge percentage of the work of local paramedics, they were still significant enough.

“We have, over time, attended a range of incidents involving farmers being injured using machinary, moving livestock, trees falling and carting loads - there’s a whole range of different things that can happen on a property,” he said.

“It’s particularly relevant this week being National Farm Safety Week that farmers are exposed to a range of situations that are potentially dangerous and we ask them to be mindful of their safety,” he said.

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