U.K.'s largest malt supplier Pauls Malt fined £8,000 after maintenance engineer loses leg while trying to clear blockage from grain silo

LOS ANGELES , October 11, 2011 () – Pauls Malt, the UK’s largest malt supplier, has been fined €8,000 (US$10,885) after a maintenance engineer lost a leg when he got trapped in a grain silo, FoodManufacture.co.uk reported Oct. 11.

Derek Kinmond became trapped in the silo while trying to clear a blockage at the company’s Sidlaw Grain store in Sidlaw, Burrelton, Perthshire.

Kinmond had cleared similar blockages on two separate occasions after switching off the electrical supply to the auger. This time, however, he did not isolate the power and his legs became entangled in the auger.

Kinmond had his left leg amputated before the knee. His right leg was also badly broken.

Health and Safety Executive investigators said Pauls Malt’s procedures for working inside silos were unsafe because there was no on-site supervision to ensure they were followed.

The primary source of this article is FoodManufacture.co.uk, Crawley, England, on Oct. 11, 2011.

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