Budget Plastics Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
- Fit the Extrusion Machine with appropriate guarding/barriers;
- Install appropriately located emergency stops on the Extrusion Machine;
- Have adequate systems in place for identifying hazards in the workplace;
- Have an adequate safe operating procedure for using the Extrusion Machine; and
- Have adequate policies/processes in place for training workers in the safe use of the Extrusion Machine (ie in accordance with a settled standard operating procedure).
After the victim had picked most of the material out of the bag, there remained some scraps left in the bottom. The victim attempted to empty these by lifting the whole bag up and tipping it into the hopper. As the victim did so, part of the bag caught in the auger at the bottom of the hopper, and began being dragged into it. The victim became entangled in the bag, lost his balance and his left hand was dragged into the auger together with the bag.
Another worker saw what was happening, and was able to turn the machine off and come to the victim’s aid. The victim was air lifted to hospital where he underwent surgery for the injuries to his left hand. The auger effectively amputated the victim’s hand from his forefinger down to his wrist. The only remaining digits were his thumb and ½ his forefinger.