An employee has suffered serious burns while at work after he got too close to very hot metal and was burned.

The employer pleaded guilty in the District Court to a charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of an employee.

WorkSafe’s Chief Inspector found that the employee was not properly trained in relation to the equipment he was using, and had not been sufficiently monitored by the employer. The employer had also failed to provide the employee with all of the available protective equipment.

The Court convicted the employer and fined it $33,000 plus reparation of $15,000