NZ safety regulator accepts enforceable undertaking from a manufacturing company

WorkSafe New Zealand accepted an enforceable undertaking from a fibreboard manufacturing company following an incident in December 2016 when a worker suffered injuries after his arm was drawn into a piece of machinery.

The victim was cleaning a piece of machinery when he lost his balance and put his left hand into a nip point. He suffered three fractures to his arm, which required surgery and seven-day hospitalization.

Following WorkSafe’s investigation, it was revealed that the machine guarding was inadequate. It was also found that the company failed to monitor the effectiveness of the controls that were in place and had not developed and implemented a safe operating procedure for use of the machine.

Under the enforceable undertaking, the company agrees to:

  • Provide amends in the form of payment to the victim, support to the victim and ACC top-up
  • Undertake a health and safety benchmark survey for the industry and stakeholders
  • Provide additional staff training in machinery safety
  • Undertake independent auditing to assure their safety systems meet international standards
  • Establish and run an industry machinery safety forum for five years
  • Fund a health and safety programme in the local high school career pathway programme
  • Fund the St. Johns Youth Training Programme for five years for disadvantaged families

Fund the Riding for the Disabled Rehab Programme for 10 people.

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