Man left disabled after silo accident

An employee lost his fingers as a result of a poorly-guarded machine.

The man was cleaning the slide valve of a silo with a rotating stirrer. Under normal circumstances, the stirrer would not be able to operate when the valve was open but on this occasion a piece of metal had been attached over one of the contacts of a switch.  This allowed the stirrer to keep moving, and it caught on the mans fingers as he reached in.

The employee is now classed as 50 per cent disabled as a result of his injuries and the company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £634 in court costs after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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