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Forty-nine band-saws featuring state-of-the-art safe-cutting technology have been installed at eight plants, including Pukeuri, Makarewa, Mataura and Lorneville in the South.
Designed specifically for the meat industry, the band-saws were designed to stop the blade within 15 milliseconds when the unit sensed a person, glove or both were in close proximity or in contact with the saw.
That significantly reduced the risk of potential injury with the risk limited to, at worst, a small cut.
The use of standard band-saws was one of the highest-risk activities world-wide, chief executive David Surveyor said.