Working in confined spaces and working at heights are hazardous. On farm silos are one area that presents both of these health and safety hazards.
Entering silos from either the base or the top of the silo presents serious health and safety risks, either through engulfment inside the silo or falling from heights when climbing up the side.
Working at height is when a person can be injured falling from one level to another.
What you should know:
Working inside of a silo is considered a risk of working in an enclosed space not intended for human occupancy. A silo presents the risk of engulfment and subsequent suffocation from materials such as grain, sand, flour, fertiliser and sawdust.
It is the business owners role to:
Silos and their risks – steps to ensure worker safety:
For a further information head to WorkSafe NZ’s Working at height in New Zealand
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