Victorian WorkCover Authority Prosecutions

Sanikleen Pty Ltd - Wodonga

Date of Outcome: 03/12/2014

Outcome:
Sanikleen Pty Ltd was engaged by Wodonga Rendering Pty Ltd to provide cleaning services at the Wodonga Abbatoir. On 19 September 2014, a Sanikleen employee’s hand became caught in the conveyor during cleaning as the conveyor was still running. On 3 December 2014, Sanikleen pleaded guilty to one charge contrary to section 21(1) and 2(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to provide and maintain systems of work that was, so far as was reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health. Sanikleen was convicted and fined $100,000 and ordered to pay costs in the amount of $3,810. (Wodonga Magistrates’ Court)

Magistrates' Court
Fine: $100,000.00
Costs: $3810.00

Category: Guarding

Appeal: No

Ashton Pty Ltd - Swan Hill

Date of Outcome: 26/11/2014

Outcome:
On 28 November 2013 Ashton employee Aaron Fairclough was injured as the result of his left thumb coming into contact with the operating blade of a band saw while cutting lamb in the boning room. He was initially taken to Swan Hill Hospital but then admitted overnight as an in-patient at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond. The tip of his left thumb was amputated as a result of the injury he received, and he was treated by way of plastic surgery and skin grafts. Pacific had failed to notify WorkSafe immediately after the incident occurring in contravention of section 38(1), failed to provide written notice within 48 hours of becoming aware of the incident in contravention of section 38(3) and failed to preserve the site of the incident in contravention of section 39 of the Act. On 26 November 2014, Ashton Pty Limited pleaded guilty to contraventions against sections 38(1), 38(3) and 39(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 . The company was without conviction placed on an adjourned undertaking for twelve months with a condition that the company pay $2,000.00 into the Court Fund.The company was ordered to pay costs in the amount of $2,309.00

Magistrates' Court
Costs: $2309.00

Category: Guarding

Appeal: No