An employer has been penalised after failing to report two separate workplace incidents.

Two employees sustained severe injuries to their hands while using a piece of machinery. As a result of the injuries, both employees required surgery and significant time off work.

WorkSafe became aware of the incidents after one of the injured employees made a complaint.

WorkSafe found that the employer had failed to implement systems to identify and manage workplace risks, and had failed to formally train the employees on how to safely operate the machine.

WorkSafe’s Inspector also found that less than 4 months earlier, the employer had been issued with an improvement notice which required the company to implement a hazard management and control system which had not been done.

The District Court penalised the employer $78,000 for breaching health and safety law.