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Worker seriously injured in silo incident

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court heard the employee was working for Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Limited (CCF) and had entered a wheat silo to clear a blockage.

As he did so the rotating auger started to sweep and pulled him down towards the centre of the silo. He initially escaped but was caught by his clothing and pulled down again, with most of his clothes being pulled off. He managed to escape and switch off the auger before he was found.

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, found there was inadequate instruction and training into the electrical and mechanical isolation of the auger.

Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Limited, of Clynderwen, 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

Added: 25-01-2016

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