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Court Summary - at a glance
- Isolate the danger zone of the finger jointer by meanings of guarding in accordance with AS 4024 – Safe Guarding of Machinery.
- Establish procedures for carrying out the cleaning, maintenance or report of the machinery, including that any extension or attachment of the machine is secured against movement and every control device is secure in the inoperative position by the use of lock or lock-out procedures.
On 9 May 2014, the finger jointer transfer belt had been stopping intermittently. The fault has been reported. The victim climbed up on the infeed conveyor and moved along the transfer station, checking the sensors as he went to see whether he could identify the fault. The transfer station started to operate and he fell from the transfer station, catching his calf and turning him in a semi-circle so that he landed on an upright position in the danger zone, grabbing onto the fence.
Laceration to right calf muscle which was deep enough to expose the tendons.