Officials Cases – Woolworths Fined $105,000 After Worker’s Arm Crushed

Woolworths has been fined $105,000 by the Industrial Relations Commission sitting in court session following an incident at its Warringah Mall supermarket in which a worker had his right arm crushed in a bailing press machine.

Woolworths Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 15 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 at Brookvale on 6 October 1999.

The worker’s arm was crushed when he reached into the bailing press while it was in operation to clear cardboard, and at the same time pressed the emergency stop button.

The emergency stop failed to work and the man’s right arm was trapped in the machine.

In handing down his penalty, IRC Vice President Walton said the incident resulted from Woolworths’ failure to maintain the bailing press.

WorkCover General Manager Kate McKenzie commented: “This case is an example of the dire consequences which can result when an employer fails to identify and eliminate a foreseeable safety risk to its workers.”

Media contact: John Kirby, WorkCover NSW, (02) 9370 5257 or 0413 186 799
WorkCover Authority (Insp Blume) v Woolworths Ltd – IRC 5982 of 2001

This articled is sourced from the WorkCover website at http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/

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