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Court Summary - at a glance
It was reasonably practicable for the Defendant to have:
- An effective lock out tag out system for cleaning and maintenance;
- A safe operating procedure covering all aspects of the machine’s operation;
- To ensure that the machine could only be operated by the operator using both hands to depress the levers;
- Provide effect training and supervision.
The victim worked for 4 Hippos Farm Limited for approximately two weeks prior to the incident. He was operating a wood splitter when he saw some bark stuck near the blade. When he reached for the bark, he inadvertently activated the machine causing the blade to descend and crush his hand.
$16,110 for consequential loss