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PACKAGING COMPANY FINED AFTER WORKER SUSTAINS CRUSH INJURIES IN WORKPLACE INCIDENT

SafeWork NSW < 1 mins read

23 APRIL 2024 

Visy Board Pty Limited (Visy) has been fined $375,000 in the NSW District Court after an employee sustained crush injuries to his left ankle following a workplace incident where the ruling found the risk of injury was “patently obvious”.  

SafeWork NSW launched the prosecution after a 25 June 2020 incident where a man employed by Visy was working on a conveyor at the company's Smithfield worksite when he unknowingly stepped into the path of a trolley car.  

This trolley car hit the worker’s left leg, causing it to be trapped between the trolley car and conveyor, crushing his left ankle.  

The worker underwent multiple surgical procedures to his left ankle and foot. Following these procedures, the worker’s left leg was surgically amputated below the knee due to an infection. 

A risk assessment was carried out at the worksite around six months earlier which raised concerns regarding ‘crush/pinch points between edge of trolley car and conveyors corners.’ 

The assessment outlined solutions which were not implemented by Visy despite acknowledging the risk was ‘unacceptable.’ 

His Honour found that the injury, emotional harm, loss and damage caused by the offence was substantial. 

Quotes to be attributed to Head of SafeWork NSW Trent Curtin:  

“Visy were aware of the danger their employees were working in and, despite being given steps to eliminate or minimise the risk, did not act appropriately to address the risk. 

“Mobile plant, including trolley cars, have the potential to seriously injure or kill people. Workplaces need to identify risks such as where mobile plant might interact with people and design their workplace layout so that vehicles and pedestrians are separate wherever possible.” 

MEDIA: media@customerservice.nsw.gov.au | 0438 108 797 

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