Devan Plastics Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
12 August 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$33,000

Safety lessons learned:

Install guarding on the PK30 Sahinler pipe bender machine around the exposed rollers to prevent access to the in-running nip created by the pipe and rollers.

Defendant name:
Devan Plastics Limited
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
12 August 2013
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant is the employer of the victim, who on 12 August 2013 suffered a crush injury on the index finger of his left hand when it became trapped between a pipe and upper roller of a PK30 Sahinler pipe bender machine (the Pipe Bender).

On the day of the accident, the victim was using the Pipe Bender to bend aluminium pipe. He was wearing personal protective equipment including gloves and was feeding lengths of pipe into the Pipe Bender. As the pipe went under the upper roller Mr Miller’s glove and left index finger was pulled in and crushed in the in-running nip created by the pipe and roller. As a result of the accident, Mr Miller suffered a crush injury to his index finger.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Tauranga - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$33,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$5,000 (plus Court costs of $130)