SafeWork SA was notified of an incident in which it is believed a full grain silo collapsed near Mallala on Wednesday, 20 June. Workers were in the vicinity but no one was injured, SafeWork SA Inspectors are currently attending to assess the circumstances of the incident.
Grain silos on farms are an integral part of farm infrastructure and have a variety of uses in areas servicing the farming community.
Workers are reminded of the risks associated with in situ grain silos on farms, and persons conducing a business or undertaking (PCBU) are reminded of the need for regular maintenance and inspection of silos.
Obligations and control measures for owners of silo’s include:
- Ensure regular silo inspection and maintenance is conducted, and where required the structural integrity of the silo is assessed by a competent person.
- Consider structural inspection after extreme weather events.
- Do not enter, work inside, on, above or beneath a silo while filling or emptying is occurring.
- Comply with requirements for safe working in confined spaces.
- Always ensure in situ silos with physical damage (e.g. by impact from mobile plant) are assessed and repaired by a competent person or prior to attaching additional load to the silo e.g. winches or hydraulic lifts.
See the In-situ grain silos Safety Alert for more information.