Willow Ware Australia Pty. Limited
ABN / ACN:
004 316 027
Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture
Date of Offence:
Date of Determination:
Judge / Magistrate:
Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd is involved in the manufacture of plastic products.
The accused failed to:
- ensure the safety mechanical locking device designed to prevent the top of the die plate on pneumatic de flashing machine 9440B02 from lowering was effective, when the gate was in raised position.
- ensure that the safe permits / lock out procedures were followed when repair work was conducted on plant
On 18 February 2009 two employees received serious hand injuries when the two tonne pneumatic cutting die on deflashing machine 9004 (Press no. 4) operated from above while they were trying to replace a faulty switch on the machine.
The deflashing machine is a pneumatic (air) operated machine used to trim excess plastic (flashing) from Toyota parts. A pneumatic switch activates the initial movement of the main pneumatic ram when the gate is down. A second switch activates the main pneumatic cylinder, and a third pneumatic switch initiates the return of the main ram to the top and the opening of the slide gate.
One of the employees took a replacement pneumatic switch from another machine and was fitting it to the deflashing machine. He removed the airlines to the switch but did not disconnect the air supply to the machine. The pneumatic switch on the slide gate was operated inadvertently by another employee when he touched the switch. The employee replacing the switch tried to get his head and shoulder out of the machine by pushing the machine back up. His right hand was crushed in the machine. The other employee tried to stop the press from coming down/slow it down by pushing the die up with his hands. His hand was partially amputated.
|Act & Section [Maximum Penalty]|| Count(s)|
|OH&S Act 2004 - s 21(1) & (2)(a) Employer failed to provide & maintain so far as was practicable for employees a safe working environment - plant & systems of work [1800 penalty units individual 9000 penalty units body corporate] Indictable offence triable summarily|| 1|
Fine (Costs of $9,399.02)