Properly Guarded Machines Save Lives

Press Release – Department Of Labour

Proper machine guarding could have saved the life of a worker killed when he was dragged into a pulp machine according to the Department of Labour. In December last year, a worker at Carter Holt Harvey Limited’s Pulp and Paper Mill in Kawerau, …Properly Guarded Machines Save Lives And Prevent Injuries

Proper machine guarding could have saved the life of a worker killed when he was dragged into a pulp machine according to the Department of Labour.

In December last year, a worker at Carter Holt Harvey Limited’s Pulp and Paper Mill in Kawerau, died when he was dragged into a large heavy duty pulp press. The worker, Mr Robert Watene Beazley Coromandel died from crush injuries to the chest.

At the Whakatane District Court today, Carter Holt Harvey was fined $47,500.

The Department of Labour’s Waikato/Eastern Regional Manager, Ona De Rooy says this accident could have been prevented had the machine been properly guarded.

“Machine guarding standards have been in place for more than a century but people still ignore it or forget about it. It is one of the most basic ways to ensure people don’t get hurt or lose their lives at work,” Ms De Rooy says.

“Unsafe machinery is the cause of a high number of serious harm and fatal injuries in the workplace. Employers have to give top priority to safety for machine users.

“Because of the high number of serious harm and fatal injuries cased by unsafe machinery, the Department of Labour has a three-year machine guarding project underway to improve this aspect of workplace health and safety. This case involving Carter Holt Harvey is a good reminder of the importance of adequate machine guarding. Employers have to take all practicable steps to make sure that their machinery is properly guarded and workers are trained in the safe operation.”

ENDS

Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz
Original url