A Toowoomba builder has been fined $ 75,000 after a 19-year-old worker suffered permanent injuries to his hand while using a circular saw.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and was fined in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
The young worker was using a circular saw to rip cut framing timber in half lengthways when the incident happened. The court heard the man required 10 surgical procedures, as well as treatment for ongoing psychological issues following the incident in 2017.
A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigation found the young worker did not receive training from the defendant in relation to the operation of a circular saw. He was not instructed, advised to or told how to secure the timber with clamps or other means.
In sentencing, the court agreed the young worker had been given no instruction or supervision in the safe operation of the saw. The magistrate considered the defendant’s early guilty plea, the absence of prior convictions, a favourable work history, as well as cooperation with the investigation and steps taken by the defendant since the incident to address work safety issues.
The defendant was also ordered to pay court costs totalling $ 1095.80. A conviction was not recorded.
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