The collapse of two feed bins in the Netherlands, one of which resulted in the death of a farmer, has prompted the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) to warn UK livestock farmers to check bulk feed bins regularly for structural defects or corrosion.
“Feed bins are familiar objects on livestock farms but can be holding tonnes of feed up in the air,” said AIC’s feed sector head, George Perrott (pictured above). “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.”