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Department of Labour v Max Birt Sawmills (DC, 16/06/09)

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Defendant:
Max Birt Sawmills
Max Birt Sawmills Ltd was fined $35,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $20,000 after a teenager had a finger amputated after a saw accident. The company was charged under s6 of the HSE Act. At its Ohinewai timber reprocessing operation the 16-year-old employee injured his hand on the rotating saw blade of a Dimter 304 optimiser. The under bench area was not interlocked and the saw blade had an overrun of 45 seconds. The victim had emptied off cuts but noticed dust still coming out from around the saw blade. He reached in to see if the extraction was working and made contact with the rotating saw blade. His index finger and tip of his middle finger were amputated and his thumb lacerated. The DoL said the company should have installed an interlocked guard on the saw access panel to prevent access to the saw blade while it was rotating including the run down period. It should have also identified the hazard posed by the saw blade when clearing out off-cuts (Huntly DC, June 16). 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Wood and Paper Product Manufacturing
Risk:
Machinery (trapped, crushed, cuts)
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$55000.00
Reparation Amount:
$35000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 117

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