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Court Summary - at a glance
- Install appropriate guarding to the Cross Lapper on the right-hand side of the outfeed conveyor belt.
Notwithstanding the use of the fibre gun, a clump of white fibres was continuing to drop from the Cross Lapper. In an attempt to clear the clump of fibres, the victim went underneath the outfeed conveyor belt and into the body of the machine. The Cross Lapper was not shut down prior to him doing this.
The victim used his hand to pull the fibre out while the machine was paused between direction changes. The victim did not get his hand out of the belt in time before it reactivated and his arm was caught between the belt and the rollers at the back of the machine. As a result, the victim’s arm and wrist were broken and required surgery.