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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure that an interim control (such as chain and padlock) is used to prevent access through the gate until a permanent solution could be implemented.
- Ensure that the gate is isolated by the installation of an interlocked guard which means the gate can only open once the machine shuts down.
On the day of the accident an employee was working with a wood dryer known as Bab-2 (“the machine”). The machine lies behind a gate that had an ordinary latch. It was not locked, not fixed, and it did not have any type of interlock device which would prevent the synchronised opening of the gate with the machine going. Every now and then the machine would jam and needed to be un-jammed.
On the day of the accident the victim did not follow the safety procedure when the jamming occurred. The victim unlatched the gate and went in behind it to the machine while it was still operating. In the process of unjamming the moving conveyor, the victim’s finger got caught between a chain and sprocket suffering serious harm.