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Silo collapses from stressed structural weld

SA074 - No. 7

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Information:

A silo containing 300,000 litres of milk collapsed at a dairy co-op factory recently.

The collapsed occurred after the dome bottom tore away, causing a large hole in the silo. The contents then rapidly discharged, creating a negative pressure which sucked in the upper ‘barrel’ and subsequently collapsed the silo.

Fortunately no one was injured.

Following the collapse, the factory conducted a visual inspection of all other silos and found minor to severe cracking to the structural welds.



Organisation:

Workplace Standards Tasmania

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Jurisdiction:

Relates to Tasmania (TAS)

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Coverage:

Tasmania

Author:

Workplace Standards Tasmania

Publisher:

Tasmanian Government

Published:

28 Sep 2009



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