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Court Summary - at a glance
- Conduct hazard assessment following the modification of the swaging machine with reference to MBIE publication Ergonomics of Machine Guarding Guide 2013 or Australian Standard 4024 2006 Safety of Machinery Standard.
- Identify the significant hazard of unguarded moving machinery
- Using suitable controls to manage the hazard, namely fitting a guard to the swaging machine and installing an emergency stop button.
On the day of the accident, the victim lost concentration when his had was near the moving parts and he activated the foot level to run the machine. His finger was caught by unguarded moving parts of the machine. The victim suffered fingertip crushing injuries requiring the amputation of the top of his right index finger.