WorkSafe reported on 6 February 2013, an employee of Cantire Foods Pty Ltd was injured whilst cleaning an unguarded Stephan 400 mixing machine. The injured employee broke three bones in the top of his hand and required surgery to the broken bones, which had to be secured by plates and pins. The surgery also included repair of his index and middle fingers which were partially severed.
On 26 March 2014, the accused pleaded guilty to one charge pursuant to sections 21(1) and 21(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to provide or maintain plant that was, so far as reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health. Cantire Foods Pty Ltd, was sentenced to pay a fine of $50,000 without conviction and costs in the sum of $3,245. (Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court).
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