Grown Here at Home: The dangers of baling hay and how to stay safe

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PULASKI CO., Va. (WDBJ7) It’s that time of year when farmers are baling hay. It's a tough job. You spend long hours out in the sun, and if something goes wrong, that just makes your day even longer. Mack Farmer knows all about it.

“Well for some reason today the baler wasn't tying the strings, which hold the hay bales together,” Mack explained.

And when problems happen, that's when trouble can happen if you're not careful.

“If you happen to be close to it (the baler) trying to manually feed hay into it by hand or kick it or something, it can very easily grab your pant leg and pull you right in there,” Mack said.

J.B. Buckland, a well-known man in Giles County recently died in a baling accident. Hearing the news has Mack doing things differently out in the field.

“In the past I've needed to get off and look at my equipment, I would leave the baler engaged and tractor running and come back and look at the baler and see if it was tying and if the bales were the right weight that I wanted. But since this incident in Giles County happened, that's a thing of the past with me. I disengage my baler and let it stop before I get off the tractor and check the equipment,” Mack explained.

Here's advice from a farmer who's been doing it a long time.

“Take your time and be careful because haste makes waste every time. You'll either get hurt or you'll tear something up or something will break. Even though you won't get it done all in one day, just take your time and be careful,” Mack said.