A food recycling company in Dandenong South has been issued with a $200,000 fine after a worker suffered life-altering injuries. Branin Recycles Pty Ltd has been found guilty of one charge of failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work and two charges of failing to eliminate or reduce any risk associated with plant.
Branin Recycles processed out-of-date food into cattle fodder using a large and complex piece of machinery consisting of various parts, designed, and manufactured by the company's director.
During a December 2019 incident, a 21-year-old worker was hurt while clearing a blockage in a machine. The steel doors unexpectedly opened, hitting her head with immense force, causing severe injuries including brain damage, blindness, and nerve damage. Investigations found the machine's door mechanism was prone to failure.
WorkSafe highlighted the need for proper machine guarding, safe work systems, and employee training. Employers need to identify hazards, train staff, develop safe procedures, maintain machinery, and provide clear warning signs to mitigate risks when working with machines.