South Pacific Meats Ltd entered a not guilty plea in Invercargill District Court yesterday to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of an employee.
The charge, laid under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, is that on or about February 4, being an employer, the company failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of Kelly John Shields, while at work and in particular failed to take all practicable steps to ensure that while at work he was not exposed to hazards arising from the operation of a Reich 600 Shoulder bandsaw.
The matter was called before Judge Jane Farish, who remanded the case for a status hearing on September 19 at 10am.
At the time of the incident, Mr Shields' wife said a saw had gone through the bone of her husband's elbow.
The elbow was only attached by tissues, muscle, artery and nerve. He was admitted to Southland Hospital and had undergone two operations and a blood transfusion.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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