Company fined for serious injuries

GOONDIWINDI firm Carrington Ginning has been fined $40,000 after a worker was injured in a serious workplace incident last May.

The company pleaded guilty in the Goondiwindi Industrial Magistrates Court in March to breaching the Workplace Health and Safety Act, having failed to ensure workplace safety.

In a statement released to the Daily News yesterday, a Justice Department spokeswoman said the court had heard a worker was severely injured when caught between a cotton bale and a bagging chute at the company’s cotton gin.

“The worker sustained punctures to both lungs, fractured ribs, a laceration to the spleen requiring removal and a kidney injury,” she said.

“The Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigation revealed the machinery was not appropriately guarded, training was inadequate, new workers were not supervised by experienced employees and there were no written instructions.”

Industrial Magistrate William Cridland took into account the company had co-operated with the investigation, entered an early guilty plea and had not been prosecuted previously.



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