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Date PostedJune 5, 2013

Company Gets $40,000 Fine for Worker Fatality

A company has learnt the hard way about failing to ensure workers are provided with a safe work environment and safe system of work.

An employee of the company was working as a traffic controller on a road construction site when he was hit by a spreader truck during resurfacing operations at Glenden in November 2010.

The company who entered into a guilty plea at the Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to discharge workplace health and safety obligations, did not receive a recorded conviction but they were forced to pay a fine of $40,000 as well as costs of $7878.40 for not following the correct procedures.

Apparently the company did not establish communication between traffic controllers and truck drivers and there was no designated area for the traffic controllers, which resulted in one of them being run over by the construction vehicle.

What makes the incident even worse is that it was not the first time that an accident of this nature occurred at the company. Two years prior in 2008 another worker, conducting maintenance on a machine was struck by a truck on a roadworks site and died on the scene.

The company has since spent more than $1 million upgrading its safety management system however it was too late for the 2 workers who have already lost their lives. Don’t let your company follow in the same footsteps. Sort out any safety concerns before they result in fatalities and fines which have the potential to cripple a business.


Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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