A demolition firm was recently issued a $45,000 fine after an incident occurred which resulted in one worker’s leg being crushed and subsequently amputated.
The Melbourne company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment, following an incident which took place in March 2015.
The incident involved a skid steer load tipping and falling onto the worker resulting in the crushing injury.
According to WorkSafe, the worker was loading a piece of concrete weighing 920kg into a bucket of the machine which exceeded its rated operating capacity of 748kg. The bucket tipped and the worker’s leg was crushed.
WorkSafe reminded all employers to ensure all workers on site were aware of the risks associated with heavy vehicles and machinery. It’s also crucial that workers are properly trained for the tasks they are undertaking and young, inexperienced workers also need to be properly supervised.