September 2015

Merrywinebone Pty Ltd

23 September 2015

On 21 July 2010 a 16 year old farm hand suffered serious crush injuries, including surgical amputation of his leg below the knee, when an 8.4 tonne counterweight attached to an excavator fell on him at a rural property.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Merrywinebone Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000.

On 24 September 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court.

Auen Grain Pty Ltd was also charged and convicted in relation to this incident.

Auen Grain Pty Ltd

23 September 2015

On 21 July 2010 a 16 year old farm hand suffered serious crush injuries, including surgical amputation of his leg below the knee, when an 8.4 tonne counterweight attached to an excavator fell on him at a rural property.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Auen Grain Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000.

On 24 September 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined $41,250.

Merrywinebone Pty Ltd was also charged and convicted in relation to this incident.

NMK Pty Ltd

23 September 2015

On 16 August 2013 an 18 year old worker was injured when a piece of steel reinforcing bar flew into the cabin of the excavator he was using and penetrated 100mm into his brain.  The safety screen on the excavator was open at the time of the incident.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, NMK Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 23 September 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined $120,000.

Aluminium Shapemakers Pty Ltd

18 September 2015

On 10 October 2012 a worker was injured when he became trapped in an extrusion press which automatically started whilst he was retrieving an off cut.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Aluminium Shapemakers Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 18 September 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined $37,500.

Waycon Bulk Pty Ltd

10 September 2015

On 8 April 2013 a worker had his right hand severed above the wrist whilst using a wood splitter.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Waycon Bulk Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 38(1) and section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 10 September 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined a total of $195,000 in respect of both charges.

Baker & Provan Pty Ltd

4 September 2015

On 24 May 2012 a worker was fatally injured when he was crushed between a ship mounted crane and the arm of another crane.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Baker & Provan Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 4 September 2014 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined $225,000.

Visy Paper Pty Ltd

4 September 2015

On 12 December 2012 a worker was fatally injured when he suffered multiple crush injuries when a front end loader moving waste paper drove over him.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Visy Paper Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 4 September 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined $412,500.

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