Sawmill fined $20k over work injury

Date published: July 19, 2012 at 8:32 am | Comments

A Kawerau sawmill in the Bay of Plenty has been fined $20,000, after one of its workers sustained multiple fractures when he became trapped in a conveyor belt.

Sequal Lumber Limited Partnership was also ordered to pay reparations of $8,000 following the accident in September last year.

The employee dropped his shovel, tripped over it and fell onto the conveyor belt, trapping his right arm between the conveyer and its pulley.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment spokeswoman Ona De Rooy says the accident could have been prevented if Sequal Lumber had put in place adequate machine guards.

 

Source: NewztalkKZB