Te Kuiti Meat Processors Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
- Install effective guarding in accordance with Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZ 4024 to prevent access to the tooth roller system;
- Provide a safe work procedure that included information about the hazards associated with the machine and the steps to be taken in the event of a blockage; and
- Effectively equip, supervise and monitor the machine operators to ensure that they understood and followed an effective lock out/tag out procedure when accessing the machine. Equipment could have included a padlock or other effective lock out device.
The victim was an experienced meat processing worker. On the day of the incident, he reached under the machine while it was operating to clear a blockage. His hand was caught by the sharp teeth of the roller and drawn up through a narrow gap between the tooth roller and infeed conveyor roller. The underside of the machine had not been guarded
The victim suffered serious injuries to all of the fingers on his right hand including extensive lacerations, fractures, ligament and nerve damage.