Man crushed by roller

Fac­tory fined $55,000 af­ter loom in­ci­dent

Geelong Advertiser - - TAKE TWO - KAREN MATTHEWS

HUYCK Wangner Aus­tralia Pty Ltd has been fined $55,000 for fail­ing to pro­vide a safe work­place af­ter an em­ployee was dragged feet-first into a loom roller while try­ing to re­move loose yarn from the fab­ric.

Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court was told the man’s pelvis was frac­tured in two places and his an­kle injured as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

Work­safe in­ves­ti­ga­tors found there was no haz­ard iden­ti­fi­ca­tion such as a job safety anal­y­sis for oper­at­ing the loom, in­spect­ing the fab­ric or re­mov­ing loose yarn.

Work­safe also found there was no in­ter­lock switch that would have pre­vented the ma­chine oper­at­ing if some­one was inside it.

Huyck Wangner Aus­tralia Pty Ltd, which makes felt for con­veyor belts, pleaded guilty to the charge un­der the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Act on Tues­day.

Work­safe re­gional di­rec­tor Adam Rogers said proper guard­ing was cheap and ef­fec­tive. ‘‘Yet we continue to see work­ers hurt by com­mon types of ma­chines, and of­ten the haz­ards and so­lu­tions are well known,’’ he said.

‘‘It is es­sen­tial em­ploy­ers get on the front foot by tak­ing a pre­ven­ta­tive ap­proach to iden­ti­fy­ing and con­trol­ling the risk of dan­ger­ous ma­chines at their work­place.’’

Work­safe has also re­vealed that al­most 450 body parts have been am­pu­tated from Vic­to­rian work­ers by com­mon types of ma­chin­ery in the past five years.

The am­pu­ta­tions, to­gether with cuts, crush­ing and other in­juries to nearly 11,000 work­ers, have l ed to a $220 mil­lion bill for med­i­cal treat­ment, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and in­come sup­port dur­ing the same pe­riod.

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