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Court Summary - at a glance
- Conduct a systematic risk assessment of the chain rig and the chain galvanising process;
- Undertake a systematic process to identify and apply any appropriate safeguards and safety control measures in respect of the chain rig and chain galvanising process to ensure workers are given the highest level of protection against harm;
- Develop, document, implement and communicate a safe system of work in respect of the use of the chain rig and chain galvanising process to its workers;
- Adequately train workers, monitor compliance and enforce a safe system of work in respect of the use of the chain rig and chain galvanising process.
The victim climbed up and on to the frame of the machine and stood on a platform that runs horizontally across one third of the machine. While wearing gloves, he used his right hand to try and shake the chain free. While shifting his position his left foot went through the gap in the machine frame, underneath the chute. The victim fell onto his backside on top of the machine frame, and his left foot went into the zinc bath. Molten zinc poured into the victim’s safety boot before he was able to pull his foot out of the bath.
As a result the victim sustained deep burns to his left foot and ankle. Following complications with a bio-composite dressing the victim had to undergo a skin graft. He spent 21 days in hospital.