Machine guarding failures in the meat processing industry are continuing to cause life-changing injuries to workers.
Alliance Group Limited appeared in the Timaru District Court on Wednesday, after an incident where an inexperienced worker’s hand was amputated in a piece of machinery in March 2017.
The worker had been employed at the plant for only five days and was left unsupervised on a task. Due to the worker’s lack of familiarity with the job, he opened a section of the machinery used for dehydrating blood into a powder and placed his right hand inside. His hand came in contact with a rotating screw and was amputated.
Our investigation found that Alliance Group had failed to ensure the health and safety of its workers and that it was reasonably practicable for them to have undertaken an adequate risk assessment of the machine and to have ensured it was adequately guarded.
Rotorua based logging operator Cropp Logging was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today after an incident where a worker was struck by a tumbling log.
The worker was on his first day on a forestry site in Rangiuru working as head breaker-out when the incident occurred in March 2017. The site was using a cabling system to move logs uphill, when a hooked-on log became dislodged and began rolling down a gully. The log struck the worker resulting in significant injuries and hospitalisation.
The operation of a digger above the worker was found to have increased the risk of the log becoming dislodged and tumbling downhill.
A worker had to have his eye removed after an incident involving a corrosive cleaning product at a Tauranga mussel processing plant.
North Island Mussels Limited was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today following the January 2017 incident which left their worker with life changing injuries.
The worker was decanting a cleaning product when a piece of tubing flicked him in the eye. The corrosive product and the impact of the tubing left him with damage so significant that his eye had to be removed. The resulting scarring also meant the victim could not be fitted with a prosthetic eye.
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