Meat firm fined $42,500 over safety fail­ure

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

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.

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