SA: Business gets a sixth conviction over crush injury

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016 - 10:00
Industry news


South Australia’s Industrial Court recently handed down a sixth conviction to a local packaging business for a crush injury to a worker’s hand.

The Court convicted Pope Packaging, a South Australian owned business, and imposed a penalty of $51,000 plus court costs in recognition of an early guilty plea.

On 15 January 2015, a full-time printer operator was working a printer when he noticed a fault and on inspection of the problem had his right thumb crushed between the print plate and a roller.

Following investigation by SafeWork SA, Pope Packaging was charged with failing its health and safety duty to provide adequate safe operating procedures, maintain adequate supervision, have adequate guarding installed, and a safe work system.

“It is concerning that this is the sixth time Pope Packaging has been prosecuted for a breach of work health and safety laws, and repeat offending does raise questions about the safety culture and leadership of a business,” said SafeWork SA executive director, Marie Boland.

SafeWork SA’s chief inspector Chris McKie has indicated that the regulator will be undertaking a compliance program dealing with repeat offenders looking particularly at how leaders in those businesses are meeting their work health and safety due diligence obligations.