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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure that a hydraulic ram is assessed or rated for a safe operating pressure and a maximum pressure;
- Ensure that a formal procedure was in place and that instructions were made available to employees for the use of the hydraulic ram with the hydraulic power unit; and
- Ensure suitable training and supervision for employees in the use of the hydraulic ram with the hydraulic power unit.
The victim, a trades assistant employed by the defendant, was operating a hydraulic ram and power unit while assisting a colleague in servicing a dump truck.
The victim was hit in the chest with high pressure hydraulic oil. He suffered a severe traumatic injury to the left anterior chest with fractured ribs and sternum and a severe tearing of the left ventricle. His injuries were fatal.