“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.”
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