A wheat and barley blending plant has been fined after a worker was seriously injured whilst unblocking wheat in a silo.
The employee had been working for Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Limited (CCF) and had entered a wheat silo to clear a blockage.
He suffered severe lacerations to his left foot and lower leg leading to surgical amputation a week later.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on July 9, 2014, found there was inadequate instruction and training into the electrical and mechanical isolation of the auger.
Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Limited, Pembrokeshire, was fined 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.
HSE inspector Simon Breen 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.”
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