Working holiday ends in tragedy
A Victorian dairy company has been fined $40,000 following the death of farm worker on a working holiday from the UK.
The farm worker was hit by a prime mover as he crossed the Timboon-Colac Rd in Bungador, while driving one of the farm’s quad bikes on 4 February 2014, according to a WorkSafe media statement.
WorkSafe investigated the incident and found the quad bike driven by the worker and a second quad bike on the farm had defective brakes and none of the farm workers wore helmets when driving them.
Although the cause of the fatal incident wasn’t alleged to be faulty brakes and the failure to wear a helmet, such failings were in breach of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, WorkSafe said.
The dairy company, Foscor Pty Ltd, was charged and persecuted in the Colac Magistrates’ Court in September for failing to provide and maintain safe plant and a system of work for its employees. The company pleaded guilty, was fined $40,000 and ordered to pay costs of $5051.
“This man had only recently arrived in Australia from the UK with his girlfriend to begin a working holiday of a lifetime. Instead, his girlfriend, family and friends are now living with a lifetime of grief,” said WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, in the media statement.
For more details, visit WorkSafe
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