A NSW tyre and wheel fitting company has been fined $300,000 after a 49 year old worker was fatally injured when changing a wheel on an industrial vehicle.
Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said the Deniliquin-based company was handed the fine in the Sydney District Court for failing to ensure correct safety procedures were followed, and failing to properly train its staff to carry out the work.
Employees from another local business were on site, and tried to help a worker remove the wheels from a commercial reach stacker when a wheel blew off, killing one of the workers from the other business.
“Workplace fatalities have a devastating impact on everyone involved,” Mr Kean said.
“This poor man was just trying to help, but tragically lost his life in the process.
“Employers can forget that safety procedures may be very different for similar machines. Just because your staff have been trained to handle one machine, doesn’t mean those safety procedures are the same for another.”