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Issue 372 - 23 May 2013

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'Buddy' dragged into conveyor

Failed training and supervision has contributed to a labour-hire worker becoming trapped in a conveyor and sustaining serious injuries.

The worker was trying to chip a build-up of fertiliser from an overhead conveyor belt using a shovel, when his arm and shoulder were dragged into the conveyor, says a WorkSafe Victoria media statement.

He was trapped and suspended for several minutes, sustaining serious and permanent injury to his left shoulder.

WorkSafe investigated the incident and “found it was common for workers at the factory to chip fertiliser off moving conveyors with shovels, hammers and crowbars”.

It was unnecessary for workers to do this; however, nobody had told them so.

Also, a buddy system had been used to train the injured worker. “One of the man's 'buddies' also thought it was OK to chip fertiliser off a moving conveyor, and another had only worked there for two weeks,” WorkSafe says.

Incitec Pivot Limited and the labour hire company Skilled Group Limited were prosecuted in relation to the incident. They pleaded guilty and were convicted and fined $90,000 and $70,000 respectively for breaching Victoria’s OHS laws.

For more details, visit WorkCover Victoria


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