|Defendant||Stefanelli Sawmillers Pty Ltd|
|Trading Name||Not Applicable|
|Section||19(1)(a) and 19(1)(6)|
|Offence Date||Monday, 4 May 1998|
|Description of Breach(es)||
Being an employer, failed so far as was practicable to provide and maintain a working environment in which its employees were not exposed to hazards and in particular failed to provide and maintain plant such that, so far as was practicable, its employee, was not exposed to a hazard.
A 20 year old labourer/sawmill hand, received amputation to two of his fingers on his left hand while operating an electrically powered cross cut saw at the defendants workplace.
The saw was operated by the application of a foot pedal which caused the circular saw blade to emerge from a box like housing cutting the timber placed on the working area immediately in front of the blade. A mesh guard guarded the region where the circular saw blade emerges. The employee was docking sawn timber at marked chalk lines so as to provide clean cut ends on the timber. When attempting to cut the ends off two pieces of timber he placed both his arms in through an opening at the end of the mesh guard.
The chalk line was about half an inch from the end of the timber leaving little clearance between his fingers and the intended path of the saw blade. He removed his right hand and depressed the foot pedal prior to removing his left hand from the timber. This action resulted in the saw blade emerging cutting the timber and two of his fingers. The guarding arrangement for the saw was ultimately found to be inadequate and the defendant convicted.
The defendant pleaded not guilty. The penalty was imposed under section 19(1)(6).
|Conviction Date||14 Oct 1999|
|Court||Midland Court of Petty Sessions|