Horsham grain auger accident – a new concept for prevention

A Victorian court convicted a grain operator after a grain auger accident in 2010.  See the reports below in the Wimmera Mail-Times and from Worksafe Victoria.  http://www.mailtimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/laharum-bulk-handling-cops-50000-fine/2599790.aspx

http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/wsinternet/worksafe/sitetools/news/horsham+company+fined+over+silo+incident

According to the reports the injured was working in a grain silo with a sweep auger.  Since the accident it is reported to be better guarded.  Just how would be interesting as this is a problem in the USA.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=28055

http://www.feedandgrain.com/article/10219297/navigating-sweep-auger-regulation

However, some completely different thinking might be better.  This video shows a different concept using paddles instead of an auger.  Although the guarding is a good idea and also the control changes, a fundamental change to the auger operation might be a better safe design method.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owxhPZmYpcs

http://www.koykermfg.com/index.php/products/daay-bin-paddle-sweep/daay-bin-paddle-sweep/

 

By the way – the auger in the picture is not for grain – but it is the same principle.

 

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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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