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Court Summary - at a glance
- Engage a manufacturer with knowledge and experience of health and safety machine guarding standards or seek advice from a competent engineer;
- Ensure there is an adequate system to control, assess, and monitor risks associated with the firewood processor log splitter;
- Ensure the firewood processor log splitter is adequately guarded to ensure the dangerous parts cannot be accessed;
- Ensure effective procedures including training and safe operating procedures for clearing blockages in the firewood processor log splitter are implemented and monitored.
MMD engaged certain key suppliers and consulted some guidance, but failed to consider a key relevant safety standard. It was delivered without an instruction manual, no commissioning report or safety audit had been done, and the machine lacked an interlocking guard. The machine was not designed and manufactured according to industry standards.
Once on site, Davies removed the guard because of issues with vibration. It did not ensure there was a risk management system, or safe system for clearing blockages.
A worker was operating the machine and his fingers were trapped between the hydraulic ram and the saw blade, causing four fingers to be amputated below the knuckle. Three were able to be reattached.