Victorian print worker injured in sheetfed press incident

Worksafe Victoria spokesperson Charlotte Bull said: “A 26-year-old male employee of a Shepparton printing company was operating a printing press yesterday morning when his right hand was pulled into the press. He suffered crush injuries to fingers on his right hand and was taken to Shepparton Hospital. At this stage, it’s too early to determine the cause of this incident.”

“WorkSafe has issued a prohibition notice on the press, meaning it can no longer be used and requiring it to be checked over by an expert,” added Bull.

Willprint co-owner Ian Almond told ProPrint that despite reports in the local media calling it a “horrific workplace accident”, the worker was expected to make a full recovery.

“There’s no hiding the fact that he got his hand caught in the rollers of the press. There was an army of people here so it looked like a major disaster scene, but all we had was an ambulance officer for some pain control and we helped him get his fingers out.”

“It was nothing along the lines of what the local paper said. He didn’t spend the night in hospital – he was out in two hours with a few stitches,” he added.

Almond said he expected the worker to have a couple of weeks off.

He added that the incident, which took place on the company’s Komori Sprint, still ranked as the worst in Willprint’s history.

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