Meat firm fined $42,500 over safety failure
Meat processor Riverlands Eltham has been fined $42,500 and ordered to pay reparations to a staff member of $12,500 following a workplace injury in which a man lost the end of his right index finger.
The company was convicted in the New Plymouth District Court on 5 December 2013 on one charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of the employee while at work. The man caught his finger in a conveyor while collecting animal blood.
In convicting the company, Judge Max Courtney said that despite the victim’s action in putting his hand on the conveyor, the company did not take all practicable steps to protect him by ensuring the machine was guarded, had a start warning system, and an emergency stop button in an accessible position.