Pitango Pty Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure an effective device is installed, such as an interlocked guard, to isolate the hazard and prevent employees from contacting the rotating cutting blade of a dicing machine while in operation;
- Ensure an effective method is in place to assess and implement controls; and
- Ensure information is effectively communicated and provided to employees on how to clean or remove blockages from machines through a safe operating procedure of work or similar document.
The Defendant owns an Urschel vegetable dicing machine which has two high speed rotating dicing blades.
The victim was employed as a Chef Assistant and predominantly worked in the vegetable preparation area.
On the day of the incident, the victim was operating the vegetable dicing machine when it became blocked. The victim removed a chute/guard and tried to remove the blockage using his hand. As he did so, the fingers on his left hand came into contact with the rotating blades.
The victim suffered a partial amputation of all four fingers. His fingers were unable to be reattached and were surgically terminalised.