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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure guards are fitted to a thicknesser machine to reduce the risk of the operator coming into contact with the moving parts of the machine.
- Ensure employees are adequately trained in the operation of a thicknesser machine.
The victim was employed by the defendant on 10 April 2014 as a 'fabricator/installer', working in the defendant’s workshop. One of his tasks included preparing wooden joinery by cutting beading to size in the thicknesser machine.
On the day of the incident the victim was asked to cut down some wood beading to the required size using a power saw. When the victim processed the final piece, he noticed it looked harder and darker than the others, had different dust and smell and was likely to be 'hard wood'. The piece was approximately 30mm thick. The piece jammed in the thicknesser.
The victim pushed it from the front and it moved but got stuck again. The victim did not turn off the machine, but went to the outfeed end and attempted to pull the piece from the other side with his right hand.
The victim’s left hand slipped along the work platform alongside the jammed length of timber and into the revolving blades of the thicknesser.
The victim sustained four finger amputations on his left hand.