01:05 pm, Wednesday 8 August, 2012
The business entered a plea of guilty at the Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court to a breach of the Workplace health and Safety Act section 24, which is failure to make sure that the workplace is safe.
The business appeared before the court on the 30th July because of the two serious accidents occurring within a 2 month period.
When the worker was crushed between the crane and silo there was no risk assessment for the maintenance of the silo and no work procedure.
When Workplace Health and Safety conducted an investigation they concluded that the cranes should not have been working at the same time that the silo maintenance was being performed.
When the arm of the worker was crushed there were guards missing from the core blowing machine that should have be inserted when the machine was not being used. The workers arm was trapped between the moving parts when the core blowing machine restarted while he was cleaning the sensors.
When the incident was investigated it was found that the business had no risk assessment or work procedure for cleaning the sensors on the core blowing machine.
The Magistrate said at the hearing that the company had not identified the risks or managed the hazards that were related to the “moving parts on the plant and moving crane.”