VIC: Firm Fined for Failing to Separate Pedestrian and Forklift Areas

An irrigation product supplier has been fined after a worker was struck by a forklift in its warehouse in 2008.

At the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court, the Braeside-based company pleaded guilty on August 27 to failing to separate forklift and pedestrian areas and failing to provide safety training to workers.

Magistrate Franz Holzer ordered the company to pay fines of $45,000 and costs of $4000.

The court was told a 20-year-old man was working at the company warehouse on 19 November 2008. He was checking his phone while walking along the unloading area when a forklift made a reverse U-turn and hit the young man’s leg.

He was taken to a medical centre to treat a torn ligament and a fractured foot.

WorkSafe prosecutor Susan McCarthy told the court that the company knew about the forklift and pedestrian risks, as shown by a safety report in July 2006.

The company’s lawyer said a detailed list of safety measures had already been implemented by the company.

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