Cement Australia (Kandos) Pty Ltd (Kandos) and its parent company, Cement Australia Pty Ltd (Cement Aus), have been fined $100,000 and $90,000 respectively after a Kandos control assistant was crushed between two hydraulic rams.

Kandos and Cement Aus were found to be at fault in that they had neglected to guard all crush points of the feeder in question since its upgrade in 2007, despite a manager having reported the risk of potential pinch points. In addition, Kandos’ Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management system, although comprehensive, was found to have deficiencies, for example that it did not provide the employee with a safe work method statement (SWMS) or adequate supervision and instruction.