Firewood Direct (Motueka) Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure guarding is installed between the control booth and the splitting chamber, which provides protection equal or better than the standard set by AS/NZS 4024 and the Guidelines;
- Ensure an effective health and safety system is developed, implemented, maintained and monitored to provide for the assessment of hazards and to determine appropriate controls;
- Ensure an effective procedure is implemented and monitored for an operator to switch off the machine before reaching into the splitting chamber to clear wood.
On the day of the incident, the victim was operating a wood processing machine from a control booth situated next to the machine’s wood splitting chamber. When he reached into the chamber to retrieve a piece of wood, he inadvertently activated a button which activated the splitting ram head. His hand was caught between the splitting ram head and a piece of wood causing a serious crush injury.
The victim suffered the amputation of three fingers and a portion of his right hand, an extensive degloving injury, the fracturing of bones in his forearm, broken ribs, shoulder pain and a punctured lung.