Para Hills West company fined $99,000 over worker’s injury

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A Para Hills West company was convicted over an incident in which a worker lost part of four fingers in 2015.

The court heard a forklift driver had been inspecting a guillotine plant’s conveyor belt when a support arm unexpectedly lowered, crushing his band along the knuckle line.

The company, which produces and builds metal garages, carports and sheds pleaded guilty to breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 in relation to the incident.

According to an investigation, there had been no hazard identification for the guillotine plant. The guillotine had not been isolated and the employee only had limited training in how to operate it. Because of the accident, the worker lost part of his four fingers on his right hand.

The court’s Deputy President did note that the company responded “in a thorough and positive way to the deficiencies that caused this offence”.

The company was fined $99,000.

“When using machinery such as a guillotine plant, businesses can’t afford to compromise on essential work health and safety measures,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell.

“That means you need to ensure all staff likely to use the equipment are properly trained and that appropriate risk management procedures are in place.

“I’d encourage all businesses to ensure they have the proper procedures in place to ensure workers are appropriately trained for the work they’re likely to do.”

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