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Company fined $60,000 for worker injuring client’s employee

On February 14th 2013, a Perth Magistrates Court brought down a decision to fine a goods transport company $60,000 (plus $7673 in costs) over a failure to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a person not being an employee and, by that failure, causing serious harm to the person.

A truck driver employed by the fined company in May 2009, was directed to a customer’s premises to transport two industrial ovens. At the customer’s site a worker of the client was directed, to put a lifting device known as a “walkie stacker” and to lift the first of the two ovens onto the tail lift of the truck, by the goods transport company’s employee.

After the process of the tail lift being elevated to the desired height, the customer’s employee started to move the walkie stacker into the rear of the truck. The walkie stacker rolled backwards and fell off the tail lift. The customer’s worker was struck by the falling walkie stacker, forced to the ground and sustained a fractured skull, broken ribs and spinal injuries.

The roll stop devices fitted to the tail lift weren’t utilised, which could have averted this incident. The driver had never used roll stop devices before, had not received any training in their use, nor in the proper use of the tail lift. He had never experienced putting a walkie stacker on a tail lift.

Issue Date: – Monday, 25 February 2013

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Retrieved from: Worksafe WA, http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/Corporate/Media//statements/2013/02/Company_fined_over_lifter_inci.html, 18/03/2013