Worker killed from machinery

A Melbourne rubber product manufacturer has been charged over the death of an employee who was hit in the head by a piece of machinery.

The employee died when he was hit by part of a rubber extrusion processing line. Authorities have now acted to hold his employer to account.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, the 47-year-old man was killed in May 2021 after being hit by part of a rubber extrusion processing line.

Dandenong South company Elastomers Pty Ltd has now been charged for allegedly failing to provide a safe working environment.

“The company faces two charges … for failing to provide and maintain plant and systems of work that were safe and without risks to health,” WorkSafe said.

Elastomers has also been charged with failing to provide its employees with enough information and training to work safely and for “failing to ensure bypassing or disabling machine guarding was as difficult as was reasonably practicable”.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 27.

Source: 7News

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