05:10 pm, Tuesday 5 October, 2010
A Hobart brick plant where a worker’s leg was amputated on September 23 has been allowed to resume operations by Workplace Standards.
The 25-year-old man’s lower body was trapped for more than an hour by a clay crusher in the New Town plant. A doctor had to perform an on-the-spot amputation to free the man from the equipment.
The accident may have been caused by the plant’s lock out procedures. According to Workplace Standards, the crusher had been stopped so debris can be removed. However, another worker who did not know the man was still inside restarted the machine.
The plant operator said in a statement that it had worked with the safety watchdog to introduce improvements in their safety systems.
Workplace Standards’ investigation into the industrial accident is ongoing.