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Department of Labour v Guyco Timber Ltd (DC, 01/09/09)

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Defendant:
Guyco Timber Ltd
Guyco Timber Ltd was fined $50,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $12,000 after an employee’s thumb was amputated, and a finger partly amputated, by a saw blade. 
The Whangarei wood manufacturing company was charged under s6 of the HSE Act over the incident where an employee was cutting timber on a rise and fall trim saw. The machine operator used his right hand to set a piece of timber on the cutting table. The blade of the saw was inadvertently activated and came down on his hand.  Both digits were successfully re-attached, although he will never regain full movement in them.  The DoL said the company should have adequately guarded the saw and shrouded the foot pedal to minimise the likelihood of an accidental activation of the blade. ( Whangarei DC, September 1) 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Wood and Paper Product Manufacturing
Risk:
Machinery (trapped, crushed, cuts)
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$62000.00
Reparation Amount:
$12000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 119

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