Fine Handed out After Crushing Fatality in NSW

NSW WorkCover logoGreg Pearce, the NSW Finance Minister has said the fine awarded to a construction company following the death of one of their workers is a reminder for employers to maintain and follow safety requirements.

The construction company was upgrading sections of a highway to the north of Sydney was awarded a fine of $ 250,000 following an incident in 2010 where one of their workers was crushed to death by a roller.

It was the second day of working on the job for the 31 year old worker and he was assisting with the laying of asphalt when he was run over by a three-tonne multi wheeled roller ran over him in January 2010.

At the time of the incident the worker was helping the heavy vehicle operator by removing asphalt that would get stuck on the roller through the use of diesel in a hand held spray can.

WorkCover investigated and found that the construction company did not provide adequate training to the worker and he was not properly supervised.

Finance Minister Greg Pearce said in a statement released Thursday that the fatality could have been avoided if the worker had been properly trained and had the heavy vehicle been maintained.

The company involved was one of a number of companies that were involved in the highway upgrade project at the time of the incident where the worker was spraying the roller and the brakes were accidently released by the driver.

The roller moved forward unexpectedly and rolled over the worker with the spray bottle.

Mr Pearce said that the construction company failed to ensure that there was a safe method of removing asphalt from  the surface of the roller and if the vehicles inbuilt diesel spray had been maintained in a working condition then the incident would not have happened.

WorkCover are in the process of working with the construction company to ensure that safety protocols are implemented and followed.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the NSW Industrial Court handed out the fine of $ 250,000.

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