Yesterday at Reid Stockfeeds, Trafalgar plant a 40-tonne silo filled with mineral dairy pellets, started to self-combust to a level which created unacceptable heat within the bin and created an odour which began emanating to the surrounding vicinity. On inspection Tuesday morning site manager Leanne Nicholls quickly reported the situation to emergency services and on arrival to the site, they immediately and thoroughly closed off the area in order to initiate a plan for the safe removal of the pellets from the quarantined silo.
At no point were staff or local community standards compromised by the fermenting pellets. Co-owner Ian Reid emphasised the importance which he and wife Rosli Reid place on community safety;
“Safety to our team and community is first and foremost in everything we do. All safety precautions were implemented to ensure the absolute safety and well being of our staff, the Trafalgar community and protection of the surrounding environment. We’re thankful that no injury or harm was sustained by the incident and wish to express our gratitude toward the professional and immediate reaction by all emergency services involved. We unreservedly apologise for any inconvenience that may have been incurred by residents or businesses in the immediate area.”
Customer feed was transferred from Reid Stockfeeds, Goulburn Valley mill to cover off the business interruption and the Trafalgar plant will resume normal operations from Thursday morning. EPA have given formal approval that the correct procedures were followed, while the cause of heating is under investigation and all precautions will be taken to ensure this type of event does not occur again.