Thursday 11 April 2013

Woman seriously injured by machine

A worker has received serious injuries to her arms after they became trapped in a food processing machine at a manufacturing plant in Shepparton early this morning.

 

The woman, aged 37, was working around 1.30am when the incident happened. She was airlifted to hospital in Melbourne with serious crush injuries to both arms.

WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

WorkSafe Regional Director Shane Gillard said the incident was a horrible reminder of the terrible damage that could be inflicted by dangerous machines.

“Our thoughts go out to this young woman and her family, friends and workmates,” he said.

He said dangerous machines had injured almost 11,000 workers in Victoria in the past five years.

“We know machines are essential to many businesses, but they can be dangerous and must be controlled.”

“Too many workers are still being injured by common types of machines.”

Mr Gillard said while the cause of today’s incident had yet to be determined, it served as a reminder to employers to “get on the front foot” by taking a preventative approach to identifying and controlling the risk of dangerous machines at their workplace.

“Workers should also speak up if they were concerned about safety,” he said.

“If we’re going to keep Victoria the safest place to work, employers and employees have to play their part.”

To find out more about how to make machines safe, visit www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/plant

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Rosanna Bonaccurso: 0478 305 640, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.