Council appeals on worker's severed finger court ruling
A PUBLIC stoush between the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shire councils over a severed finger is back before the courts.
Rockhampton Regional Council lawyers yesterday lodged an application in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton to appeal against a decision made by Magistrate Barry Cosgrove in May.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland took Rockhampton Regional Council to court for not ensuring adequate measures and procedures were in place for the worker whose finger was severed at the Yeppoon sewage treatment plant in 2012.
The incident was before de-amalgamation, when the plant was under Rockhampton Regional Council's jurisdiction.
After de-amalgamation Rockhampton Regional Council argued the case was the responsibility of Livingstone Shire Council.
But two months ago Mr Cosgrove ruled against Rockhampton Regional Council.
Barry William Murton was working at the sewage plant in February 2012 when a machine allegedly cut off his index finger.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland filed a claim against Rockhampton Regional Council in February 2013, on behalf of Mr Murton.