A company has been fined $250,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $32,500 after an employee was injured at work.

The employee suffered damage to two fingers after placing their hand inside a machine while it was operating.  The machine was inadequately guarded.

To make matters worse the company had received 10 notices in relation to health and safety issues in the three years preceding the injury and most of these related to machine guarding problems.  The company had not taken its obligations seriously in relation to protecting its employees from being injured by the machines they were working on and therefore a prosecution was necessary.

Alan Knowsley
Health & Safety Lawyer