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Department of Labour v Engineering Plastics Ltd (DC, 27/10/93)

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Defendant:
Engineering Plastics
Failing to take all practicable steps to ensure a worker was not exposed to a hazard has resulted in a $3000 fine plus total costs of $245 being imposed on Engineering Plastics Limited in the North Shore District Court on 27 October 1993. In July 1993 an accident happened when a worker was setting up a benchsaw to cut pieces of plastic strip. He had adjusted the back fence to within 25mm of a fine cutting blade and was in the process of making his first cut to check the alignment. As he reached the end of the cut he stood on something on the floor. His left hand holding the plastic strip slipped on the bench and he suffered the amputation of the middle and index fingers just below the fingernail when they came into contact with the revolving blade. There was no hood guard fitted to the machine. Although the firm had been advised in 1987 of the need for this and one had been provided, it was not fitted to the saw at the time of the accident. The injured worker was directed to receive $2000 of the fine imposed. 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Petroleum, Coal, Chemical and Associated Product Manufacturing
Risk:
Machinery (trapped, crushed, cuts)
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$3000.00
Reparation Amount:
$2000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 23

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