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Court Summary - at a glance
- Adequately maintain a guard so that employees are isolated from the hazard of contact with the rotating cutting blades on a machine;
- Ensure there is an adequate system in place to inspect, document, track and close out any faults on the safety system of a machine and to ensure that this system is regularly reviewed for effectiveness; and
- Ensure that this system is complied with.
The victim is a process worker employed by the Defendant. On the day of the incident, a piece of timber became jammed in the machine. He opened the guard and, due to the fault, the blades continued to rotate. His right index finger and middle fingers made contact with the blades.
The incident resulted in amputation of the victim’s middle and index fingers between the first and second joint.