$100k fine over work injury
Worksafe is scolding manufacturing firms after nearly a dozen went to court for leaving workers exposed to unsafe machinery. The latest is All Flex Packaging Limited, which has been fined $100,000 by the Manukau District Court and ordered to pay $20,000 reparation after a worker’s hand was crushed in a machine. WorkSafe spokesman Simon Humphries says the industry needs to lift its game in protecting against machinery risks. He says too often WorkSafe is visiting scenes where something is stuck in a machine, a machine has jammed, or something needed to be moved and a worker has damaged a limb in the process.