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Department of Labour v Te Aroha Skin Processors Ltd (DC, 23/04/96)

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Defendant:
Te Aroha Skin Processors
A plea that the company was in financial crisis was not sufficient to save Te Aroha Skin Processors Ltd from a $5000 fine under s10 after a worker received a severe chemical burn which later became infected. The man was working with hides treated with caustic sodium hydroxide and water. Though wearing longsleeved overalls, veterinary rubber gloves and seamed plastic arm guards, his protection was inadequate because the gloves were seamed and loose-fitting, allowing the caustic solution through to his arms. His overalls were not chemical-proof and he had not been provided with goggles. He was awarded $1000 of the fine. (Hamilton DC, 23 April) 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Leather Manufacturing
Risk:
Burns/explosion
Hazardous substance exposure
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$5000.00
Reparation Amount:
$1000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 39

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