Timber firm to pay over $46k for injury

Last updated 17:03 10/05/2012

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Pan Pac Forest Products has been fined $39,000 and ordered to pay $7500 in reparation to an employee whose ankle was crushed at the company's Napier plant last year.

The fine was imposed by Judge Geoff Rea in Napier District Court today after Pan Pac pleaded guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees while at work.

The man was clearing jammed laths - which are thin strips of wood or metal - when his colleague turned on machinery which crushed his ankle.

The colleague was unaware that the man was working close by.

The Department of Labour found that Pan Pac failed to isolate the hazards associated with the machinery.

"This accident could have been prevented by installing a robust machinery isolation and lockout system, including a high gate to prevent access to the hazard area," the department's central general manager Ona De Rooy said.

"There is no excuse for preventable injuries happening at work. Poorly guarded machinery and the lack of associated safety procedures remains a significant cause of death and injury in workplaces."

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