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- Leave in place the fixed guard which had been fitted on the hopper to isolate the hazard of the rotating valve.
- If necessary to gain frequent access to the area of the valve so as to clear obstructions, install an interlocking guarding system that shut off power to the valve before the guard is able to be opened by any person.
The operator attaches a bag around the neck at the base of the hopper and once it is full the bag is replaced with an empty one. When this is done the rotary valve at the bottom of the hopper must be switched off to prevent dust being expelled into the surrounding atmosphere.
On 19 July 2013, an employee of the Defendant, was seriously injured when his hand came into contact with the unguarded rotary valve.