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Court Summary - at a glance
- Install a fixed guard at the nip point on a conveyor;
- Ensure that all employees working with conveyors are adequately trained.
The victim was employed as a machine operator. He usually worked in the remanufacturing department, however, on the day of the incident he was working in the drymill alongside the fillet conveyor belt. His role was to straighten timber fillets as they were leaving the conveyor belt onto a stack.
When a fillet left the conveyor and bounced off the stack, the victim reached out to grab it and his glove became caught in the drum roller. This drew his hand into the unguarded nip point of the conveyor belt.
The victim suffered a fractured left wrist and burn wounds where skin was removed on the palm of his left hand and fingers.