A company in Perth has been fined $10,000 after an employee lost part of a finger in a mincing machine.
The accident occurred at D’Orsogna Limited in 2010 after an employee used his hand to push meat into the mincer.
The workers right finger became stuck, requiring his finger to be amputated at the first knuckle, The West Australian reported.
D’Orsogna Limited pleaded guilty in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last week to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment.
WorkSafe said the case highlighted the dangers of not providing adequate safety protection for workers from the moving parts of machinery.
“It’s disappointing that the message evidently still has not gotten through that it is never safe to allow the moving parts of machinery to remain operational when workers may have to make adjustments or perform maintenance,” WorkSafe’s acting executive director Ian Munns said.
In a similar case, Harvest Freshcuts was ordered to pay more than $50,000 after an employee had two fingers chopped off in a vegetable slicer.