Vic firm fined after forklift incident

A Victorian company has been fined $ 100,000 after a worker was injured by a forklift.

The company pleaded guilty to a single charge under Section 21 (1) of the OHS Act of failure to provide a safe system of work by not having a traffic management system in place and was fined $ 100,000 and with costs of $ 6,555 at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court.

The incident occurred at a Melbourne factory where containers of food and other consumables are received for distribution to supermarket chains.

On 2 August 2016, an electric forklift operated by one worker was reversing when it struck a second worker who was walking behind.

That worker, who was wearing a high visibility vest at the time, was pushed to the ground and under the forklift, receiving a fractured leg.

An investigation by WorkSafe found there was no traffic management system in place at the time of the incident and no physical barriers or other means of separating mobile machinery from pedestrians.

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