A South Auckland recycling firm has been ordered to pay $90,000 after an employee lost his arm in a baling machine.
The General Recycle employee's arm was crushed when he reached into the machine to retrieve an item of plastic that was a different grade.
His sleeve got caught and his arm was crushed on 26 November 2011.
The Great South Rd, Manurewa, firm was fined $40,000 and ordered to pay $50,000 in reparation.
The Manukau District Court decision highlighted the seriousness of the incident according to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment northern general manager John Howard.
"This was an extremely serious incident," Howard said.
He agreed with the decision that the reparation amount reflect the incident and not the state of the business' finances.
"All too often employees are seriously injured at work, when it is their fundamental right to go home safe at the end of their working day."
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