Witness sought following safety incident this afternoon

Released 20/12/2018

WorkSafe ACT is seeking to speak with a member of the public who may have witnessed a work safety incident this afternoon and may have information to support the investigation.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said investigators were hoping to track down a female customer who was in
M & K Meats at the Lanyon Market Place at about 1:15pm today when a young worker’s hand became trapped in a meat grinder.

“We are very interested in talking to this customer and as part of our investigation as we work to understand how this incident may have occurred,” he said.

“I ask that the community member please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 as soon as possible and to advise that they were a witness to the work safety incident in Conder today – the caller will then be supported as required.”

Mr Jones said the investigation into the incident was ongoing. So far a Prohibition Notice had been placed on the meat grinding machine to prohibit its use while the investigation continues.

“This is a troubling incident to occur and WorkSafe ACT are actively working to determine the cause,” he said.

“While all of the factors leading to this incident are yet to be determined, I would like to reiterate my broad message to industry to not rush at this time of the year and always put safety at the forefront of all activity. Make sure you properly plan your activities and ensure all safety mechanisms and protections are in place and that procedures are followed.”

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