Glen Stephen Morton and Kelly Morton (Trading as Town & Country Wood Supplies)

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
2014-04-08
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
30000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Ensure the wood splitting blade is guarded.
  2. Ensure the workers are adequately trained and supervised in the safe operation of the wood splitting machine.
  3. Undertake a risk assessment and have a safe operating procedure in place for the wood splitting machine.

Defendant name:
Glen Stephen Morton and Kelly Morton (Trading as Town & Country Wood Supplies)
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
2014-04-08
 
Facts in brief:
Town & Country Wood Supplies is a wood processing business. On the day of the accident, an employee was standing in front of the splitter black of one of the wood splitting machines. He reached in to clear a blockage with his left hand. The blade was operating in automatic mode and on its downward stroke it amputated the employee’s left hand.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Gore - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
30000
 
Maximum fine available:
250000
 
Reparation:
$45,000.00