Canpac International Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
29 April 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$25,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Install adequate guarding which prevent access to potential trapping points on its can manufacturing machines.
  2. Have a SOP which did not require workers to override safety features and access potential trapping points.

Defendant name:
Canpac International Limited
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
29 April 2013
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company is a manufacturer of cans. The victim was the employee of a contractor to the Defendant.

The victim’s job was to apply pressure with her hand to a stack of metal “blanks” so that they would feed smoothly through rollers. The Defendant’s standard operating procedure for carrying out this task involved the employee removing a plastic guard and deliberately overriding a sensor so she could access the blanks with her hands.

The victim was carrying out this task when her right hand was pulled in between the rollers.

Partial amputation of the tip of her middle finger and a crushing injury to her right hand.
 
Offence section:
S18(1)a) Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Hamilton - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$25,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$10,000.00 (plus Court costs of $132.89)