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Court Summary - at a glance
- Have an effective system for training and monitoring the health and safety performance of emplyoees to eliminate high risk practices such as leaning over the casting table.
- Have appropriate PPE gear made available in accordance with Wagstaff (manufacturer) manuals and industry guidelines, and ensure it is being used.
a) Aluminium is melted in a gas furnace;
b) Once melted, the molten aluminium flows into a launder and down through a dropper spout;
c) From here it goes into another launder and through to the casting table.
The casting table contained molten aluminium which could reach temperatures in excess of 700°C. On the day of the incident, the casting table was set up and the first pour started. The casting table was filling up with molten aluminium when the victim sent another worker around the other side to start prodding the moulds to ensure the butt of the log was going down.
The victim then heard a hissing sound and went to investigate by standing on the grated platform. As he prepared to prod the mould with a steel rod, an explosion occurred causing a serious burn to the victim’s foot and superficial burns to his left hand, arm, chest, and head.
The victim underwent skin graft surgery on his left foot and undertook physiotherapy for mobility post burns.