October 14th 2009
“The right height to cut your head off”
While suspected arson at the Picnic Bay Waste Dump has featured twice this year following two large fires, there are other dangers for the operator which can be alleviated by members of the public using a little common sense. Recently, a length of heavy duty rope was left in a pile of mulch and when it was fed into the mulcher you wouldn't have wanted to be nearby.
No damage occurred to the mulcher after the rope went inside but, clearly concerned for his own safety and that of his staff, owner, Patrick Bolger, said, “It swung out of the machine at just the right height to cut your head off.”
Pat and his offsider Graham Bennetts operate the big mulcher by continually checking gauges on the side of the machine. But ,when the rope went in amongst the 2000 RPM spinning barrels' 28 big hammers, an end flew out and smashed the 5mm thick perspex cover to the guages.
“I was just lucky I'd walked away. I'd just pulled some other rubbish out,” said Pat Bolger.
“My main concern is for the safety of my staff.”
Pat doesn't think the rope was left deliberately in the pile but is constantly removing foreign objects from the “green” waste.
“People think it's out of sight, out of mind but they need to know the implications and repercussions of mixing foreign material with the mulch.”
“Green waste is just green waste. That's all it is”
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