Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court has fined a wheat and barley blending plant a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,396 after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the grain blending plant after a worker was seriously injured while working with a silo machine.
The employee entered the slio to investigate a blockage and during this the auger began to sweep dragging him into the silo. He managed to escape and switch the unit off but suffered severe lacerations resulting in an amputation.
The incident which occurred in July 2014, was investigated by the HSE and revealed that the plant failed to provide sufficient training and instruction in electrical and mechanical isolation of the auger.
After the case was heard, Simon Breen from the HSE said:
“The sweep auger that caused the damage to the employee was not adequately isolated, in practice, and the employees did not have sufficient information, instruction and training to safely carry out the annual cleanout of the grain silos.”
“Duty holders should consider the risks posed by infrequent but necessary work activities as much as those of day to day procedures and practices.”