QLD: Recycling Firm Fined as Sweeper Gets Run Over

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a recycling company over a vehicle-related accident that claimed the life of an employee.

The Mackay company has been fined $120,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety.

The court was told the 56-year-old woman’s job was to sweep metal away from the trucks’ underside at the firm’s scrap metal yard in Mackay.

On October 7 last year, she died from massive crush injuries after she was run over by a loaded truck.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s investigation found induction meetings were provided for drivers and operators. However, the company had no adequate risk assessment in place for truck drivers and sweepers. The company also failed to have standard radio transmitting protocols, and there was no evidence that workers were trained on how to use the radios.

Aside from the fine, Industrial Magistrate Sheryl Cornack ordered the firm to pay investigation and court costs of $5400.

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