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Date PostedJanuary 4, 2018

Vic Road Authority Fined over Traffic Controller Death

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Victoria’s road safety authority and a construction company have been issued a $1.55 million fine over the death of a traffic controller in 2011.

The road authority pleaded guilty to breaching the 2004 Occupational Health and Safety Act after failing to maintain a safe system of work. It was fined $250,000.

The construction firm was fined $1.3 million after being found guilty of failing to provide a safe system of work, failing to provide employees with information, instruction and training and failure to ensure people other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

The incident occurred in 2011 when a worker died after being struck by a street sweeper in the late night roadworks in Bayswater.

The driver of the street sweeper was also sentenced to a 2 year Community Corrections Order and ordered to perform 500 hours of unpaid community work in 2014.

Work Safe Victoria said Safe Work Method Statements should have outlined how tasks should have been completed and these SWMS should have been adhered to and reviewed regularly.  Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/victorias-road-authority-engineering-firm-fined-traffic-controllers-death/#.Wk22mzclHQV

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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