Portable Grain Auger SOP

Portable Grain Auger SOP
Website link to this document: http://education.qld.gov.au/health/safety/hazards/equip-resources.html
S A F E TY O P ER A TI N G PR OC ED UR E S
Portable Grain Auger
DO NOT use this machine unless a teacher has instructed
you in its safe use and operation and has given permission.
Never wear loose clothing, jewellery, or have long hair untied while
operating a grain auger.
PRE-OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS
1. Check that all guards are in place, properly secured, and functional. The guard surrounding the auger
intake is critically important.
2. Replace all safety signs that are worn, missing, or illegible.
3. Inspect winch and cable (or other lifting system) for condition, security, and operation.
4. If tractor operated ensure the grain auger is attached according to manufacturer’s specification and
confirm that PTO and all driveline components are in good condition and properly guarded.
5. Faulty equipment must not be used. Report suspect machinery immediately.
OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS
1. Lower the auger to a horizontal position and lock before moving from location to another.
2. Allow no passengers on tractor or grain auger when transporting.
3. When transporting ensure the entire area above the auger and in the line of travel is clear of
obstructions and electrical wires.
4. Slowly move the auger into working position on dry, level ground with the towing vehicle. Chock the
wheels.
5. Securely support the auger by anchoring the intake end, and/or supporting at the discharge end.
6. Do not elevate an auger beyond its safe limits as it may become top-heavy when it is set up too high.
7. Only persons authorized to operate the auger should be in the work area.
8. Keep clear of moving machine parts. Do not assist the grain to flow into the auger with a hand or foot.
9. Ensure good footing is maintained while working around augers. Keep the work area and machine
clean and free of clutter.
10. Motors must be shutdown on any piece of equipment that is being refuelled (where self powered).
11. If a piece of equipment becomes clogged or jammed, never attempt to clean out the blockage until the
machine is shut off and all moving parts come to a complete stop and the power source is isolated.
HOUSEKEEPING
1. Keep machine parts clean and free of accumulation of crop material, dirt or debris.
2. Keep the work area and implement shed in a clean and tidy condition.
POTENTIAL HAZARDS
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Contact with or entanglement in the exposed screw at the intake
Entanglement in a belt drive
Being struck by an uncontrolled spinning crank that is used to raise or lower the auger
Entanglement in a PTO drive shaft (where tractor operated)
This SOP should be used in conjunction with Education Policy and Procedures Register (EPPR) HLS-PR-012: Curriculum Activity Risk Management Modules
Acknowledgement: Much of the information for this document has been sourced from content kindly provided by Department
of Education & Children’s Services SA website: Machine Guarding - Safe Operating Procedures.
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