Recent safety watchdog action over workplace incidents involving truck drivers continues as a NSW hardware company and director are convicted over a 2017 fatality. The company was found to have inadequate safety systems, which failed to protect a worker from a falling truck load that had been packed poorly by another company.
The Judge found the premises had a nominated area for trucks to park and unload, and a waiting area for truck drivers, but this did not amount to a designated exclusion zone within the meaning of the Australian Standard for safely loading and unloading trucks and establishing traffic management plans.
Sufficient resources were NOT available to ensure that each forklift operator had available to them an allocated spotter to assist with unloading. There was no documented process or written safe work procedure for the unloading of trucks at the premises. It was also found that the business had taken inadequate steps to identify the risk and respond to it in a documented and systematic way.
Judge Scotting found the appropriate fine was $100,000, before reducing this by 25 per cent for its guilty plea.
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