Bakery slapped with fine after woman cooks her hand in ovenBy Mason White 7:05 PM November 13, 2014
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By: Feng Qian
A bakery was ordered to pay a woman thousands of dollars after being held responsible for an employee’s injuries, according to court documents in New Zealand.
The incident began when the female employee’s arm got caught in an industrial oven for 40 minutes at temperatures hotter than 185 degrees.
She suffered serious burns, and now the company has been ordered to pay her $40,000.
According to the lawsuit, the woman’s hand became trapped while cleaning the oven during a cooling off period, the Wellington District Court heard.
Her arm was trapped between a baking sheet and part of the machine frame. The woman’s hand was freed only after rescuers dismantled the oven, which took about 40 minutes.
The woman suffered severe burns, loss of skin and muscle loss.
She has had surgery three times for skin grafts and to remove dead tissue, and will need more muscle transplant surgeries on her arm.
The court ruled that her employer, Meycov Food Limited, did not have appropriate procedures in place to clean the oven. The company was ordered to pay a fine of $12,000 plus $40,000 in compensation to the woman.