Manufacturer and director fined a combined $60,000 - 6.4.21

A Campbellfield manufacturer and its director have been convicted and fined after a worker was injured in 2019.

The company and director pleaded guilty in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on 29th March 2021 to two charges, each failing to provide or maintain safe systems of work and failing to provide information and instruction.

The court heard that the worker was crushed by a robotic hoist while attempting to clear a malfunction. The worker suffered serious back and leg injuries and remains on restricted duties.

WorkSafe inspectors found interlocks on gates around the hoist had been bypassed, and guards had been removed, allowing access to other dangerous areas.

WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Julie Nielsen stated, ‘To remove guarding and deactivate interlock systems shows a blatant disregard for safety and sadly this worker is continuing to live with the consequences.’

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Source – SafetyCulture