NSW: Company Fined After Worker’s Machine Death

Reported by Admin | 22 Sep, 2011

The NSW Industrial Court has fined a brakes company and its director a total of $127,400 after the death of an employee in an industrial blender. The machine operator was killed when he was cleaning out the high-powered blender in March 2008. The power to the machine had not been isolated, and the worker received extensive crush …

WA: Company Fined for Unguarded Machinery

Reported by Admin | 04 Jun, 2011

A materials recovery facility has been fined after a man injured his arm on an unguarded machine. The incident occurred in February 2008 when the man was working at the factory in Kalgoorlie which sorts recyclable material. The employer was fined $10,000 on Wednesday after pleading guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe …

SA: Manufacturer Fined After Worker’s Loses Use of Hand

Reported by Admin | 08 May, 2011

The Industrial Court in South Australia has fined an Adelaide barrel manufacturer over an incident in 2008 that left a worker with permanent disfigurement and loss of function in his hand. The 21 year old assistant had been assigned to clean out sawdust from a ‘Stave Jointer’ machine, which shapes timbers under precise computer control, …

TAS: Plant Reopens After Worker’s Leg Amputation

Reported by Admin | 05 Oct, 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 …

TAS: Doctor performs on-the-spot amputation on trapped worker

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2010

A contract worker pinned by a machine in a Tasmanian brick plant had one of his legs amputated on the spot in order to free him. The 25-year-old man’s lower body was crushed by an equipment, believed to be a clay crusher, at a work site in Gilbin St. for over an hour on Thursday. …

VIC: Company Fined as Unguarded Plant Injures Director

Reported by Admin | 22 Apr, 2010

A sand quarry company has been fined on Monday after director suffered hand injuries due to an unguarded plant. The company pleaded guilty before the Magistrates Court to failing to provide & maintain so far as was practicable for employees a safe working environment – plant & systems of work. The sand supplies business at …

VIC: WorkSafe to Keep a Close Watch on Abattoirs

Reported by Admin | 01 Apr, 2010

WorkSafe is anticipating to prosecute more cases this year involving meat work companies because of unsafe work practices. An abattoir and its cleaning company were fined on Monday for an incident in 2008 in which a worker’s hand was caught in a conveyor while cleaning the unguarded machinery. A parallel case in February resulted in …

VIC: Machine Guard Failures Lead to Fines for 4 Firms

Reported by Admin | 30 Mar, 2010

Two separate abattoirs and their respective contract cleaning companies have been prosecuted for injuries to cleaners in almost similar circumstances. WorkSafe has prosecuted all four companies under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failings including inadequate staff training and unguarded machinery. An abattoir from Ararat was convicted and fined $20,000 yesterday, while its …

VIC: Plastics Business Fined Over Amputation Injury

Reported by Admin | 26 Mar, 2010

A Shepparton company has been fined after one of its employers suffered severe hand injuries while working with a machinery in 2007. The Magistrate Court fined the plastics company $55,000 and ordered it to pay about $6,000 in costs. The 2007 incident cost the 24-year-old worker four of his fingers and part of his thumb …

VIC: Factory Worker Dies in Melbourne

Reported by Admin | 03 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is looking into the death of a worker in a factory in Melbourne on Friday. The 26-year-old Wantirna resident was working on a machine at CRP Industries in Bayswater at the time of his death. According to WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt, they are determining whether the man died of electric shock. He was believed …