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Issue 369 - 11 April 2013

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Uni fined $100,000 for propeller injury

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has been fined $100,000 after a student was severely injured in a boating incident.

The student was on a field trip when she fell from the boat and hit its propeller or hull near Darling Harbour on 31 July, 2009, says WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division general manager John Watson in a media statement.

The student sustained severe leg injuries and a broken wrist. Two other passengers also fell from the boat but were uninjured.

“The incident occurred when a research assistant who held a boat licence and was employed by the University lost control of the inflatable vessel while doing a turn, causing three passengers who were not wearing lifejackets, to fall off,” Watson said.

“At the time of the incident the inflatable vessel had been travelling at a speed of approximately 10–12 knots in a sign-posted eight knot zone.”

The vessel was inspected after the incident. It “revealed too much weight in the bow caused ‘bow steering’ or inadvertent steering to the left or right,” he added.

UNSW was prosecuted and found guilty in the NSW Industrial Court for breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (NSW).

It was fined $100,000 with a portion of this paid to the prosecutor.

For more details, visit WorkCover NSW
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