A worker sustained a crush injury after a horrific accident at a sawmill. The injury occurred when Mr Cairns was crushed by a scraper bar that is used for clearing debris from under the saw. He sustained serious internal injuries and a crushed pelvis when the scraper moved from behind him whilst he was manually cleaning under the machine. The scraper bar was installed to help with the clearing of the debris and continually sweeps underneath the machine to keep it clear. The scraper does not entirely clear the debris so employees are required to enter the area and clear the left over branches. Mr Cairns was crushed between the scraper bar and the machine when the bar swept through the area whilst he was in their clearing the excess wood away. The sawmill were found to be in breach of health and safety regulations for failing to close off the dangerous moving parts of the machine and stop employees entering the area.

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Published: 23th December 2013