AFFCO New Zealand Limited has been fined $30,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $25,000 after a worker was impaled on a meat hook. The hook went in below his left ear and came out below his left eye, puncturing two major muscles beneath his cheek. He was trapped on the hook for about 30 minutes. Once the hook was taken off its chain, the victim took out the hook and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
The hook fractured his cheek bone and caused significant damage to muscles used to chew food. The victim underwent rehabilitation and returned to work on light duties four months after the incident. He has ongoing headaches and pain when moving his jaw.
Agricultural contracting company, John Austin Limited, has been fined $36,750 and ordered to pay reparations of $65,554 after a mechanic was crushed by a nine tonne truck hoist, leaving him with two severe breaks to his pelvis, deep bruising and nerve damage. It is unlikely he will regain full use of one leg and he spent several months in hospital recovering from his injuries. He also suffered from post-traumatic stress.
John Austin Limited pleaded guilty and was sentenced in the Te Awamutu District Court today under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
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