Vic nursery fined over machine accident

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A Victorian nursery has been fined more than $50,000 after a staff member was seriously injured while using a seeding line machine.

Arborline Pty Ltd, which provides seedlings to the forestry industry, pleaded guilty in the Hamilton Magistrates Court on Friday to one charge of failing to provide or maintain a safe plant.

The court was told the employee sustained injuries to her hand and wrist after reaching into the seeding line machine, which she understood to be switched off.

She was attempting to clear spilled seeds after being tasked with putting seed trays through the machine when her arm got entangled between a moving feeder bar and an axle, causing serious injuries.

The company was fined $52,500 without any conviction and ordered to pay costs of $3716.

WorkSafe Victoria said so far this year, there have been 20 workplace fatalities and it was imperative for employers to provide safe working conditions at all times.

"It's absolutely essential that duty holders are doing everything they can to protect workers from the risk of machine entanglement," Executive Director of Health and Safety Narelle Beer said.

"It's not enough to simply tell workers to be cautious. There needs to be proper guarding around danger areas of a machine to prevent gruesome injuries like this."

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