Agricultural roughage mills are used to turn crop residue, such as straw, into valuable nutrients that can be used in agriculture. This process is called anaerobic digestion. The mills use a number of different processes to break down the residue, including breaking down the cellulose and hemicellulose into glucose and other simple sugars, reducing lignin to tannins, and fermenting the mixture. This results in a gel-like substance called biochar that can be used as soil amendment or fertilizer.
There are a few ways that an injury can occur during the operation of an agricultural roughage mill.
One common way is when a worker falls from a height, which can cause serious head and brain injuries. Injuries can also occur when machines or equipment malfunction, or when the work area is not properly maintained. For instance, a malfunctioning grain elevator has raised concerns about the safety of these structures. Grain elevators are typically large moving machines, and they can pose a serious safety risk if they encounter a mechanical issue.
Accidents in roughage mills can also be caused by the release of ammonia gas. Ammonia is a chemical compound that is produced when organic matter, such as manure, is decomposing. Ammonia can be dangerous if it is released into the atmosphere or if it accumulates in a workplace.
A recent study has shown that a significant number of agricultural roughage mills injuries are caused by misaligned or broken blades on the milling machines. When these blades hit objects, they can cause serious cuts and lacerations. In some cases, the blades can even puncture the skin and cause severe bleeding.
If you have been injured by a roughage mill, you should contact an attorney. Agricultural roughage mills are dangerous and often lack the necessary safety features to protect people from injury. If you have been injured by an agricultural roughage mill, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.