Company fined $1.1 million
Kenoss Contractors has been fined $1.1 million following the death of a truck driver.
The sentence was handed down in the ACT Magistrates Court last week, according to The Canberra Times and ABC media reports.
The truck driver was electrocuted on a Kenoss Contractors worksite in Canberra in 2012.
The company was found guilty of breaching the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) in the ACT Magistrates Court in June. During the same hearing, the charge against Kenoss project manager Munir al-Hasani (ie, that he was an officer of the corporation and failed to exercise due diligence to prevent the failings of the corporate defendant) was dismissed.
Despite the large fine imposed on the company, it won’t be paid because the company went into liquidation before the case was heard.
“On [the] one hand, this is disappointing [because] there’s a dead worker at the end of this tale, but on the other hand, this is a very strong warning to company leaders right around the country,” ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe was quoted in The Canberra Times.
The sentence is yet to be published online.
For more details on the June verdict, visit the ACT Magistrates Court
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