20 Aug 2013

Worker awarded thousands after workplace accident

9:11 pm on 20 August 2013

A silo worker who fell into a machine breaking his arm, leg, eye socket and jaw has been awarded $26,000 in compensation.

The man's employer - NZ Starch Ltd - has also been fined $35,000 after being sentenced at the Manukau District Court on Tuesday.

The accident happened in October last year as the man swept out a grain silo.

He knew he was supposed to turn off the auger in the bottom of the silo but had been shown by a supervisor how to slow down the auger while cleaning the machine.

NZ Starch was fined because it failed to install a safety locking system.