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Severe fractures in scissor lift fall

A Western Australian company has been fined $180,000 after two of its workers fell from a scissor lift and were seriously injured.

The scissor lift platform basket in which the two workers had been operating was elevated to about 10 metres when an overhead crane hit it in February 2013, according to a WorkSafe media statement.

One of the workers stayed in the basket as the scissor lift fell to the ground. The other worker grabbed the overhead crane as it passed by, but he eventually fell to the ground.

The worker who stayed in the basket sustained arm, shoulder and rib fractures and a punctured lung. The other worker dislocated his arm and leg and fractured his arm, leg, foot, pelvis and lumbar spine.

HVLV Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was prosecuted in the Midland Magistrates Court for breaching the WA Occupational Safety and Health Act. The company was fined $180,000 and ordered to pay costs of $784. It was convicted on 4 August 2015.

“Although the company is in liquidation, it was considered important to prosecute the company and have a conviction recorded as a deterrent to others,” WorkSafe WA Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said in a media statement.

“Other employers in the same or similar industries need to appreciate that if safety measures are not taken, they will be liable to prosecution and substantial penalties.”

For more details, visit WorkSafe WA

Published on 13 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter

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