An agricultural company has been fined $100,000 after its employee tripped while working on machinery.  As the employee fell he put out his hand to steady himself but unfortunately he touched a pulley system which pulled his hand into the machine, resulting in the loss of two and a half of his fingers on that hand.

A guard over the pulley should have been fitted but was not in place despite the firm’s own health and safety register noting the need for a guard on the pulley system.

In addition to the fine the company also paid the employee $54,000 in reparation.

It is no use just identifying a hazard and writing it in your hazard register.  You must actually take action to eliminate the hazard and in this case a simple guard would have saved the employee from injury and such guards have been common on this type machine for over 50 years.

Alan Knowsley
Health & Safety Lawyer