Consolidated Alloys (N.Z) Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
18 September 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$38,000

Safety lessons learned:

Install guards to prevent access to the idling rollers, end roller, back plate, lead sheeting and drive transmission regardless of operational conditions.

Defendant name:
Consolidated Alloys (N.Z) Limited
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
18 September 2013
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company employed the victim as a machine operator. On 18 September 2013, the employee and Foundry Supervisor were operating a direct manufacturing continuous casting machine (the DMCCM).

Two employees are required to operate the DMCCM, one from the top platform and one from the ground. The victim noticed the lead sheet of metal had become crinkled and he attempted to smooth out the crinkle with his right gloved hand and his fingers became cause in the pinch point of the roller. The roller and back plate were extremely hot burning the victim’s hand.

The victim suffered a fracture to the little finger and serious burns to the little finger, ring finger and middle finger of his right hand.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Auckland - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$38,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$20,000