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Rydalmere company charged after worker's fingers served


A Rydalmere company and its director have been fined $67,500 after a worker’s hand was crushed while cleaning machinery.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said Zenger (Aust) Pty Ltd was fined $60,000 and its director Yan Huai Wu $7,500 in the Sydney District Court for failing to ensure the health and safety of their workers. 

“There is no excuse for this type of negligence. Businesses must have the right safety systems in place to protect their workers,” Mr Kean said.

The 51 year old worker’s hand was crushed when she placed it inside a pillow filling machine to clean it after use.

All four of the worker’s fingers and thumb were severed as a result.

Mr Kean said the company had failed to properly guard the machine, and to train and supervise its workers to ensure its safe operation.

“I’m appalled to hear this poor woman was not provided with appropriate training or information about the risks, or safety measures for using the machine,” he said.

“The shredding mechanism of the machine did not have a protective guard installed, and the company also failed to make sure adequate supervision was in place.”

The court was told the injured worker was also not aware the machine required approximately 3-4 minutes to come to a complete halt after it was switched off.

“SafeWork will continue to go after those who aren’t doing the right thing,” Mr Kean said.

“Punishments like this, and the work the NSW government is doing, aim to keep employers in check. I want to ensure that everyone who heads off to work in the morning, returns home safely to their family at night.

Last year SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 34 offenders and issued 218 penalty notices. Zenger and Ms Wu have the right to lodge an appeal.