05:25 pm, Saturday 20 March, 2010
An engineering company has been fined $50,000 by the Brisbane Industrial Magistrate’s Court over an injury sustained by a 17-year-old apprentice.
The firm pleaded guilty on Thursday to failing in its workplace health and safety obligations.
On 29 August 2008, the young man was working at a Paget workshop in Michelmore Street, when he was pinned by the abdomen in a mining equipment for around 15 minutes.
His colleagues were able to free him before emergency crews arrived. He was later taken to the Mackay Base Hospital to have his injured chest and abdomen treated.
Fire-fighters were impressed by the apprentice’s co-workers’ response to the emergency.
“They did a really good job. They put some good protection in place so when they did move the machinery off him it didn’t hurt him further,” a senior firefighter said at the time.
The engineering firm had safety procedures in place when the accident happened, but has since modified its safety rules to cover the machinery specifically.