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Australia Fined $42,500 for Prisoner Work Injury

Australia's Department of Justice was fined $42,500 and ordered to pay
$4,870 in costs after pleading guilty to violating the Occupational Health
and Safety Act, causing a prisoner severe injury.

Maximum security prisoner Justin Adams had three fingers amputated and his
right hand crushed in a power press on February 24, 2005. An investigation
revealed a lug bolted to a guard was damaged, making the safety device

Adams was placing a flat bracket into the stamping pad of a press in a
prison factory. As Mr. Adams was doing this, his foot kicked the foot
pedal and the press cycled, bringing the upper jaw down onto (his) right
hand, according to prosecutor Robert Taylor.

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