25 Jul 2013

Wood manufacturing plant ordered to pay $38,000

9:44 pm on 25 July 2013

A wood manufacturing plant has been ordered to pay $38,000 after one of its workers suffered severe burns.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says the worker at Juken New Zealand in Carterton caught his clothing in a conveyor belt on a wood dryer.

He was burned by the machine and needed skin grafts.

The ministry says Juken failed to guard dangerous parts of the drier and was convicted for breaching the Health and Safety Act.

The company was fined $33,000 and ordered to pay $5000 in reparations.