Turning off the tap on farm hazards (grain auger accident)

“Two men have been injured in separate farm accidents near Moree.  A 56-year-old man received serious injuries after his leg was caught in an auger on a property north of Croppa Creek.”

Two injured in farm accidents

As you can see from the example below (urelated to the accident), a grain auger is a fairly unforgiving arrangement if limbs get into the space where the screw is turning.

There is a reasonable document on this topic “Grain Augers: Industry Safety Standard” (WorkCover NSW 2009).  Better late than never – but too late for many.

It took Australia 30-40 years after Sweden made roll over protection to be mandated on tractors.  Thousands of unprotected tractors therefore flowed onto Australian farms and other workplaces.  And this legacy remains.

The same is largely true of grain augers. The longer it takes to do fix things at the design stage the more dangerous equipment flows into a system. 


Note: this photo is not related to the accident at Croppa Creek



Click to access grain_augers_industry_safety_standard_1411.pdf


About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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