It is vital that machinery which requires human interaction is adequately guarded to protect workers from risk, says WorkSafe.
This message comes after a worker for Kiwi Lumber suffered fatal chest injuries when she was pulled into machinery the sawmill used for grading and sorting timber in November 2018.
WorkSafe’s investigation found when the worker accessed the machine to clear a fault, it restarted and she was pulled into the machine’s sprockets.
The company appeared at the Masterton District Court earlier this month and in a judge’s decision released on September 25, the company were ordered to pay a fine of $350,000 and reparation to the victim’s family totalling $263,762.
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