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Ex-croupier sues Crown Resorts for ‘severe’ roulette table injuries

TAGs: crown resorts, Jasmine Solana, Jenny Forti, Jo Taylor, NSW

A 55-year-old woman is claiming that her previous job with Crown Resorts has left her unable to work in any capacity, local media reported.

Ex-croupier sues Crown Resorts for ‘severe’ roulette table injuriesAccording to the Herald Sun, Jo Taylor is asking for “hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation” for the injuries she got while working at the roulette table. In her statement of claim, Taylor said she had to work “twisting, reaching and stretching across” a roulette table for long periods of time in 2011, and that she was also told to work even though the table’s chip-sorting machine had already conked out.

This, according to the woman’s claim, caused “undue stress” on her back, resulting in “severe injury with permanent residual disability and impairment.”

Taylor said Crown was negligent in at least 19 areas, which included ignoring her injury and complaints, failing to rotate staff’s work, failing to provide the staff with “ergonomically designed work station,” and failing to maintain its equipment “adequately.”

In addition, Taylor claimed the casino didn’t give “adequate training, supervision and help.”

Taylor received $56,000 a year, but she said in her claim that she has been unable to work since 2012 due to her back injury. Now, she wants the casino to pay for her “lost earnings and future earnings as well as unspecified damages.”

Taylor’s lawyer, Jenny Forti told the Herald Sun that it’s the responsibility of employers “to ensure that they put in place systems of work that allow their staff to carry out their duties in a way that does not place them at foreseeable risk of injury.”

NSW authorities seize ‘re-birthed’ poker machines

Meanwhile, the Liquor and Gaming NSW discovered 15 poker machines that have been refurbished and resold following a fire.

Local news outlet 9news.com.au reported that the machines were already damaged during a fire at the Maitland Bowling Club in the Hunter Valley region. A former club executive and gaming technician allegedly reported to the gaming authorities that the machines were trashed, but “re-birthed” the machines with new illegal compliance plates before the machines were placed back on the market.

Under the Australian law, poker machines are strictly regulated as well as carefully documented and reported whenever they are destroyed or their parts reused.

The Liquor and Gaming NSW said the refurbished poker machines were sold for about $13,000 each. The machines were confiscated from sellers and game rooms of private homes to prevent illegal gambling, according to the news outlet.

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