Boss fails to prevent crush injury
A company has been prosecuted after it failed to stop a high-risk work procedure in which a worker was crushed between a roller door and a forklift.
At the time of the incident, Holsten’s Pty Ltd’s roller door had been malfunctioning for some time, SafeWork SA said in a media release.
The workers would stand on the tines of the forklift so they could be lifted up to manually pull down the door.
“The employer was aware of this practice and did not stop the use of the forklift for this purpose, despite the availability of a platform ladder at the premises,” SafeWork SA said.
“Other employees who regularly operated the forklift did not hold valid high risk work licences.”
The worker was injured when he was lifted too high and was crushed between the roller door and the back rail of the forklift, SafeWork SA said.
The worker was treated in hospital for rib, back, right shoulder, chest, stomach and lung injuries.
SafeWork SA prosecuted the company in the South Australian Industrial Relations Court for breaching the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986.
The company pleaded guilty and was fined $66,000 plus costs.
For more details, visit SafeWork SA.
Published on 26 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.