Dim sim maker fined $30,000 over finger injury

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Thursday, 10 November, 2022 - 13:30
Incidents & prosecutions

A food manufacturer in Richmond Victoria has been convicted and fined $30,000 after a worker injured his finger while operating a dim sim machine in 2020.

Makmur Enterprises was sentenced at Collingwood’s Neighbourhood Justice Centre after pleading guilty to a single charge of failing to provide or maintain plant that was safe and without risks to health.

The company was also ordered to pay costs of $4,331.

The court heard that it was common for dough to become stuck in the dim sim machine, which had two power-driven mechanical mixing arms.

In May 2020, a labour-hire worker injured his finger while operating the machine.

A WorkSafe Victoria investigation found the machine was missing guards to control the risk of entanglement or crush injuries and safety interlock devices were inactive.

WorkSafe Victoria executive director of health and safety Narelle Beer said the company had a history of flouting workplace safety laws.

“Makmur Enterprises has been prosecuted by WorkSafe on three other occasions following injuries caused by machine entanglements, with previous fines totalling $145,000,” Beer said.

“The company has flagrantly put its workers at risk of harm by ignoring basic safety measures such as adequate guarding and safety interlocks.”