Companies Fined For Work Injury & Death


 

Queensland repair company fined after worker loses eye; Research facility fined $20,000 over fall death; Severed artery sees Victorian manufacturer fined $60,000; and WA contractor fined over incorrectly erecting tilt-up panels.

Queensland repair company fined after worker loses eye

A Queensland truck repairer has been fined $35,000 after a workplace accident occurred while using a hydraulic jack.

The worker, employed by Swiftco Pty Ltd, sustained a fractured cheek and eye socket and lost his left eye after he was struck in the head while using an hydraulic ram to spread a vehicle chassis.

The employer pleaded guilty to breaching s28(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act in failing to ensure the safety of others was not affected by the way it carried out its business.

An investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland found the worker was unsupervised and the employer had no safety procedures in place for carrying out the task and had not conducted a risk assessment.

No conviction was recorded but the employer was fined $35,000 and was ordered to pay $1,373.40 in costs.

Research facility fined $20,000 over fall death

A Queensland research facility has been fined in the Magistrates Court after an inadequate response to an identified hazard resulted in a work injury instance where a crane worker falling to his death.

The worker was performing maintenance on the jib of a tower crane when he fell approximately 50 metres to the ground.

An investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland found that the crane's jib was not fitted with a static line; the worker was not wearing a harness; there was no adequate safety system in place to retrieve someone if they fell; and the communication system for reporting an emergency was inadequate.

Industrial Magistrate Thomas Braes took into account the fact that it was the employer's first offence but said it was a serious offence because the hazard had been identified prior to the incident and appropriate action was not taken.

Australian Canopy Crane Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching s28(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act and was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $5,315.40 in costs.

Severed artery sees Victorian manufacturer fined $60,000

A Victorian heavy equipment manufacturer has been fined $60,000 after a worker was seriously injured by an over-stressed chain.

An employee of T.J. and F.L. Pohlner Pty Ltd was positioning the plate of a roller, which he was standing on, by using chains and forcing jacks onto a shaft. This system was devised by employees working on a similar roller.

The worker sustained a serious knee injury when the hook on a chain snapped and the end of the hook hit his knee, severing an artery and chipping the bone.

The Magistrates Court heard that the configuration of the chains was inappropriate and the stress force of the chain was unknown.

The employer pleaded guilty to breaching ss21(1), 2(a) and (2)(e) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

It was convicted, fined $60,000 and ordered to pay $3,334 in costs.

WA contractor fined over incorrectly erecting tilt-up panels

A WA employer has been fined $2500 for failing to follow correct procedures for erecting tilt-up concrete panels.

P.C. H. Pty Ltd was contracted to erect 22 concrete panels on the exterior of a building that was under construction.

The panels were not erected in accordance with the engineer's plans and a written variation to the drawings was not obtained. Three of the panels could not be braced in accordance with the plans because a concreting company had poured other tilt-up panels in the wrong place.

The employer erected the panels despite the obstruction.

It pleaded guilty to a breach of WA's Occupational Safety and Health Regulations and was fined $2500 after WorkSafe inspectors found that it had erected several concrete panels with inadequate bracing.