Grove Hardware Limited (trading as Mitre 10 Mega Glenfield)

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
9 March 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$39,450

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Ensure proper safety blade guards are installed and they are regularly inspected. The guards must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Key access to the saw should be restricted to authorized operators.

Defendant name:
Grove Hardware Limited (trading as Mitre 10 Mega Glenfield)
 
Industry:
Retail
 
Date of offence:
9 March 2014
 
Facts in brief:
The victim was an employee of the defendant company. On 9 March 2014, the victim was asked by a customer in the store to cut some wood. As the victim used the defendant’s radial arm saw, his left hand came into contact with the rotating blade of the saw. The victim suffered partial amputation of his left middle and index fingers at the middle joints, and severed nerve on his left ring finger.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
North Shore - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$39,450
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$20,000