Hunter companies fined over safety breaches - 30.4.18

A meat exporter and a labour hire company have been fined a combined $105,000, after a man’s arm was injured by a factory meat processor in 2014.

The Hunter Valley-based meat exporter and a Newcastle labour hire company both pleaded guilty to failing to protect the health and safety of workers in relation to the 2014 incident.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said a 22-year-old man employed by the Newcastle company was cleaning an industrial meat processor at a Whittingham meat processing facility when it was activated.

“This poor young man suffered lacerations to his left hand and forearm, severing the tendon on his forearm and fracturing the bones,” Mr. Kean said.

“It was a terrible incident in a workplace where the risks are clear.”

A SafeWork NSW investigation found that a sensor switch on the meat processor had been modified.

“While Throsby assessed the risk to operators after the machine was modified, they did not consider the risk to cleaners prior to this serious incident,” Mr. Kean said.

“Businesses owe it to all of their workers to protect their safety in the workplace.

“My continuing priority is to ensure all workers who head off to work in the morning return home safely to their families each night.”

Source: OHS News