Advanced Automotive and Transmissions Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
2 April 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$15,000

Safety lessons learned:

An effective hazard identification process should identify the hazards associated with the use of such equipment.  Guarding should be used.  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Safe Work Method Statements (SWMSs) may describe how particular jobs are done, the hazards involved and how they can be mitigated.

Defendant name:
Advanced Automotive and Transmissions Limited
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
2 April 2014
 
Facts in brief:
Employee was operating an angle grinder fitted with a cutting disc. Protective guard had been removed by the defendant, contrary to manufacturer’s instructions. Whilst cutting metal plate, a piece of metal sheared off the plate at high speed and struck the employees hand. Hand cut in several places and partial amputation of two fingers.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Tauranga - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$15,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$5,000