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Court Summary - at a glance
- Install adequate guarding which prevent access to potential trapping points on its can manufacturing machines.
- Have a SOP which did not require workers to override safety features and access potential trapping points.
The victim’s job was to apply pressure with her hand to a stack of metal “blanks” so that they would feed smoothly through rollers. The Defendant’s standard operating procedure for carrying out this task involved the employee removing a plastic guard and deliberately overriding a sensor so she could access the blanks with her hands.
The victim was carrying out this task when her right hand was pulled in between the rollers.
Partial amputation of the tip of her middle finger and a crushing injury to her right hand.