Worker who lost fingers ignored warning

A man who ignored instructions not to clean a meat skinning machine and had two fingers amputated will get more than $12,000 from his employer.

Wellington meat processor Taylor Preston was fined $65,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $12,080 to the worker by Judge Ian Mill in Wellington District Court on Monday.

The worker was hurt last January while trying to clean the unguarded machine and the company was found guilty in October of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure workers weren't exposed to hazards.

The judge said in October the company should have been aware that a hazard existed and should have guarded the machine.

"It is not enough simply to train your staff not to do certain things. Staff do not always do as they are trained," said Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment spokesman Francois Barton.

"It was Taylor Preston's responsibility to ensure it had considered the hazard that could exist if the worker didn't abide by the rules and mitigate the hazard. Installing a guard would have stopped this worker losing two fingers," Mr Barton said.


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