WorkSafe VIC Horsham company fined over silo incident

Thursday, 28 June, 2012 - 10:00
Incidents & prosecutions

A company in Victoria has been fined $50,000 for an injury where a worker’s leg required approximatley 100 stitches and sustained a detached calf muscle after becoming entangled in an unguarded sweep auger.

The company, Laharum Bulk Handling Company Pty Ltd pleaded guilty, admitting that it failed to provide a safe working environment for its employees.
WorkSafe report that “a worker was helping move canola from a silo into the truck. He switched on a mobile auger, the conveyer and the sweep auger and entered a silo. He entered the silo to lift the sweep auger by its handle to help it to ‘bite’ into the grain. As the worker stood between the edge of the sweep auger and the wall of the silo, his right leg became caught in the sweep auger.”
WorkSafe’s General Manager of Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said “the horrific incident showed how employers had to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employees.”
Ms Sturzenegger added that “Dangerous machinery will be a major focus for WorkSafe in the next financial year. This incident shows what can happen and how simple measures can prevent the incident happening.”

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