Company fined over forklift accident

A food distribution business in Adelaide was fined $ 73,000 over a forklift accident which seriously injured a worker.

The worker sustained serious injuries in 2009 when a forklift he was driving tipped over as it struck a loose metal grate. ABC news reports that the worker was trapped under the forklift and suffered leg injuries, which resulted to his confinement to a wheelchair.

The Industrial Court heard that the worker who was the company’s first aid officer coordinated his own rescue by instructing staff on how to free him.

The company pleaded guilty to violating workplace safety laws. The court heard that they provided support to the victim during his rehabilitation. Industrial Magistrate Stephen Lieschke who said the offence was very serious imposed the fine.


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