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Court Summary - at a glance
- Implement an effective method for systematically identifying existing or new hazards and assessing them to determine if they are significant
- Determine the appropriate control measures for hazards arising from a v-bin and conveyor belt system
- Install guarding to isolate the hazards arising from the conveyor belt system in accordance with AS1755
- Implement a safe system for clearing fertiliser from a conveyor belt and
- Provide adequate training and supervision for employees to ensure that they carry out their duties in a safe manner
The victim was a store man at the Defendant’s fertiliser storage and mixing facility. On the day of the incident, the victim was operating a fertiliser sorting bin (“v-bin”) which had a conveyer system underneath. The victim attempted to place a piece of timber underneath the conveyor belt between two rollers so that when fertiliser fell from the v-bin, it would fall onto the floor rather than onto the belt causing slippage. As the victim did this, his arm became caught and he was pulled into a rotating drive shaft on a conveyor roller. Due to the motion of the roller he became trapped in the machine up to his shoulder. He was trapped for a significant period of time.
The victim suffered several compound fractures and a large wound to the underside of his left forearm.