The National Farm Injury Data Centre has found that there is, on average, 1 death and 16 workers’ compensation claims per year involving grain augers. There will be many more injuries, as most day‐to‐day work on farms is undertaken by self employed farmers and their families and injuries to these will not be included in the official workers compensation figures. It’s likely that there are around 60 serious injuries involving farm augers each year. Most injuries are crush injury or amputation of fingers, hands, arms and feet caused by limbs being caught in unguarded auger flights. Effective guarding would prevent these serious injuries.
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Source: Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety