Companies slapped with big fines
Visy Paper Pty Ltd has been fined more than $400,000 and Baker & Provan Pty Ltd has been fined $225,000 following the death of a worker in each of their respective companies.
A forklift operator was killed at Visy Paper Pty Ltd’s waste recycling facility at Smithfield on 12 December 2012 when a front-end loader reversed into him, according to a SafeWork NSW media statement.
Following an investigation into the incident, Visy Paper Pty Ltd was charged and prosecuted in the District Court of NSW. Last month the company was found guilty of a breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011, fined $412,500 and ordered to pay costs.
In another incident, a fitter and machinist at Baker & Provan Pty Ltd was killed when the crane he was maintaining fell on him.
Baker & Provan Pty Ltd was also prosecuted in the NSW District Court for breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The company was found guilty, convicted and fined $225,000 and ordered to pay costs.
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