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Abattoir fined $250,000

A Victorian abattoir has been convicted and fined $250,000 following the death of a driver in September 2013.

The driver was using a hoist on the loading ramp at the abattoir when the hoist broke apart above him and the ramp collapsed, said WorkSafe Victoria in a media statement. He sustained severe head injuries and died several weeks later.

The abattoir in Stawell was prosecuted and pleaded guilty for breaching Victorian occupational health and safety (OHS) laws.

Leanne Hughson, Acting Executive Director of Health and Safety at WorkSafe Victoria, said in a media statement that the design of the hoist, a lack of maintenance and poor driver training in relation to the loading ramp and hoist contributed to the incident.

“The court heard that when a new loading ramp and safety mechanism was installed at the abattoir in 2010, the hoist lug was moved 300mm. However, the new position made it more susceptible to fatigue damage, stress and corrosion,” WorkSafe said in a media statement.

On top of this, the company had failed to get an expert opinion before moving the lug, failed to regularly inspect the hoist system, and failed to put in place a system to train, direct or induct drivers in the use of the loading ramp and hoist, Worksafe added.

For more details, visit WorkSafe Victoria

Published on 18 June 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

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