TAS: Construction Firm, Manager Plead Guilty Over Prime Mover Accident

A civil construction company and its manager have pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety following the death of an employee.

The Hobart Magistrates Court was told a 65-year-old worker was crushed by a 30-tonne prime mover last year while working in Glenorchy.

The court hear workers were moving an excavator was being transported to another job on the day of the incident. The machine was being loaded on to the prime mover when its brakes failed.

The truck crushed the worker when it moved down an incline and on to the man.

The worker’s daughter testified on Monday, telling the court her world has been turned upside down by the incident.

The manager and the company expressed deep regret to the man’s relatives, adding the worker was greatly admired.

The court will hand down the sentence next week.

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