Auger Accidents

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Augers are used to raise grain from the ground to the top of grain bins. Augers thus save farmers time and energy by moving grain quickly and efficiently, but they are a major source of injury on the farm.

Auger accident-related injuries can result in several ways, including entanglement and electrocution. Entanglement accidents occur when the operator comes in contact with moving or spinning parts, including PTO drive shafts, belt drives, cranks, and auger screws. An auger accident that involves entanglement can cause injuries such as amputation, lacerations, and broken bones. Operators are not the only ones at risk of being injured in an auger accident. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), entanglements with grain augers are the most common type of trauma encountered by children on farms or ranches. If an auger is moved in an elevated position and comes in contact with power lines, lacerations, fractures, amputations, or death may occur as a result of electrocution.

Many auger accident injuries and deaths could be prevented with safe working habits and properly designed machinery. Manufacturers must make sure that they provide machinery designed to protect from foreseeable hazards and misuses by designing out or guarding against hazards when it is economically and technologically feasible to do so. Only if this cannot be done should adequate warnings be used as a safety device. If you or a family member has been injured in an auger accident because of faulty or defective equipment, contact the Locks Law Firm today. We will aggressively seek justice on your behalf based on truth and recognized principles of machinery design safety.

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