Worker injured while operating machinery without knowledge of the safe work method statement
WorkSafe Victoria v Polymaster Pty Ltd (2023)
Polymaster Pty Ltd is a manufacturer of liquid storage products, such as tanks, for industries including agriculture, mining, food and beverage, chemical and water authorities. Polymaster’s factory is located in Swan Hill (workplace).
Polymaster employed a trades assistant to make metal tags for the lids of tanks and perform welding tasks as required. The employee was required to use a machine, among others, known as a belt sander, which is used to sand and smooth out pieces of metal.
The wide belt sander is approximately 1 metre high, with the sanding belt at the front about 200 millimetres wide. Metal is placed against the rotating belt to grind the metal down. There was a resting plate at the bottom of the belt.
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