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Court Summary - at a glance
Ensure that the nip point hazard present by the v-belt and the pulley on the mat cutter are isolated from employees by guarding that meets AS:4024 Safety of Machinery Standards.
The victim and another employee were using the large mat cutter. They were having some issues with the spindle not revolving fast enough to use the blade. An engineer at the company showed the two employees how to increase tension on the v-belt to fix the issue.
The victim was operating the machine after lunch, where he tightened the tension bolt and the four outer bolts. He leaned over the machine and supported himself with his arm on the driveshaft and used his right hand to press the start button. The machine powered on and he felt his left hand being dragged into the nip point and became caught.
The injuries were part amputation of his little left finger, tendor injury to his ring finger and compound fracture to his middle finger.