Quarry operator fined following death of worker

A quarry operator has been fined $ 230,000 following the death of a dump truck driver whose vehicle rolled on a stockpile in May 2016.

The company was sentenced on Friday after it was found guilty of contravening section 26 of the OHS Act by failing to ensure the workplace was safe and without risk to health and safety.

The victim, a man in his 60s died when the dump truck he was driving flipped over the edge of a stockpile at the Plumpton quarry and slid down the other side.

An investigation found that the quarry operator should have completed a risk assessment and a Safe Work Method Statement for the task. It also found that the company failed to take several reasonably practicable steps including ensuring the perimeter of the stockpile was adequately walled and engaging a qualified engineer to assess the stability of the stockpile.

“Employers have a responsibility to ensure Safe Work Method Statements are prepared for all high-risk work, including work involving sub-contractors,” said WorkSafe Health and Safety Executive Director Julie Nielsen.

“It is not acceptable to put safety of any worker at risk by failing to identify hazards and failing to take action on these.”

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