Worksafe has accepted an enforceable undertaking from glass supply and glazing company Woods Glass (New Zealand) Limited, following an incident in January 2017 when a worker's leg was crushed in machinery.
The worker was injured when the glass cutting machine he was working with jammed.
The worker climbed onto the machine to see what had happened and as the jam was cleared the machine inadvertently began operating again, crushing the worker's leg.
He suffered a compound dislocation of his left ankle that required two weeks hospitalisation and more than two months off work.
Following their investigation into the incident, WSNZ found that Woods Glass had failed its employee under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, including a lack of safe procedures and guarding involving the piece of machinery.
WorkSafe accepts enforceable undertakings from Plunket Electrical Oamaru and McConnell Dowell Constructors
Worksafe has accepted enforceable undertakings from Plunket Electrical Oamaru Limited and McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited.
The enforceable undertakings were granted following an incident at Peaks Pump Station in North Otago in September 2016.
Three workers employed by Plunket Electrical Oamaru were installing a 1400kg switchboard when the switchboard tipped forward and struck one of the workers in the abdomen. The worker would have been crushed and trapped by the full weight of the switchboard had it not landed on a steel stand nearby. The worker was left with crush injuries to his abdomen including a spleen laceration.
McConnell Dowell Constructors were project managing the site while Plunket Electrical Oamaru was completing the installation. Both companies had obligations to the health and safety of workers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and our investigation found their failures contributed to the unnecessary injury of the worker.
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