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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensured that there were adequate guarding arrangements on the potato harvesters (for example, to the AS/NZS 4024 standard)
- Developed, documented, implemented, communicated, and monitored the effectiveness of, a safe system of work the operation of the potato harvesters.
The victim was standing on the working platform, 420 mm above the nip point of the rollers, using his foot to direct the tractor driver to where the noise was coming from. Suddenly his foot got pulled into the converging rollers of the harvester and his left leg became trapped.
The victim was trapped in the machinery for approximately 20 minutes before being freed. He was transported to hospital where it was established he had fractured both the tibia and fibula (requiring surgery including the use of a plate and multiple screws along with muscle and skin grafts from his thigh and hip area). Since the accident, the victim has required significant medical intervention, including hospitalisation for a serious infection, bone grafts in and further surgery.