• Robert Spicer

West Wales farn silo: worker’s leg amputated

Serious farm injuries: £10,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Ltd (2016) Haverfordwest magistrates’ court, January 18

Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Ltd (CCF) has been fined following an incident in which an employee suffered serious injuries in a wheat silo.

Significant points of the case

  • In July 2014 the employee entered a wheat silo to clear a blockage. The rotating auger in the silo pulled him into the silo. His clothing was caught and he was pulled further into the silo. He suffered serious lacerations to his leg, which was later amputated.

  • There was inadequate instruction and training on the electrical and mechanical isolation of the auger.

  • The auger was not adequately isolated.

CCF was fined £10,000 plus £1300 costs under section 2, HSW Act, for failing to ensure the health and safety of employees.

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