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Court Summary - at a glance
- Engage a competent person to undertake a systematic risk assessment of the Sencorp Extrusion Coating Line and recommend appropriate controls;
- Ensure plant is safe for workers by installing suitable guarding on the Sencorp Extrusion Coating Line machine;
- Develop, implement and monitor a safe system of work for the machine.
There were a number of line breaks in the product, which caused concern due to the build-up of butane gas and material in the area. The workers were particularly busy trying to get the product to work.
In the early hours of the next morning, the victim pulled material through the coating line and proceeded to thread the material into the coating line rollers. The rollers had not been re-opened and the victim’s fingers got caught.
The team members did not initially realise the victim was injured, and upon realising this, a team member drove the victim to the North Shore Hospital. No ambulance was called to the workplace.
The victim lost the tips of his right hand middle and ring fingers, including the first knuckle on both fingers.