A. & A. Welch Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
In accordance with Regulation 17(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995, the employer should make sure the auger of the silo was secured against movement and secured in the inoperative position by the use of locks or lock-out procedures before the employee enters the silo. A lockout procedure should be implemented and employees trained in and required to follow it.
After brooming one side of the silo the employee turned to broom the other. As he turned, he slipped, his foot slipping down into the running auger through the funnel hole which crushed and trapped his foot.
A fellow employee who was standing outside the silo realised something was wrong, switched the auger off. When he looked from the door into the silo the victim told him his left foot was stuck in the auger and to get help.
The victim suffered the amputation of his left big toe, disfigurement to his second toe and fractures to his left heel and foot when his foot came in contact with the auger positioned at the bottom of the silo.