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Court Summary - at a glance
The log splitter should be operated two-handed.
The Defendant was the employer of the victim who on 29 April 2013, while at work, suffered lacerations to the thumb and index finger of his right hand, resulting in the surgical amputation of his index finger, when they were caught between the blade of a firewood log splitter and a block of wood he was holding.
Approximately a year before the accident the control lever connecting the two hand controls on the machine broke. Mr Graeme Ross Kingstone, the Defendant’s sole director, did not re-connect the hand controls. Instead, he modified