Worker Seriously Injured, Transport Firm Faces Charges

A transport company has been prosecuted by WorkSafe over an incident that left a worker with serious and permanent leg injuries.

Toll Transport Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee.

The company was also charged with failing to ensure that the movement and speed of vehicles and plant at the workplace were managed in a way that minimised risk to pedestrians.

In January 2021, a worker was completing the task of placing stickers on the concrete floor of the company’s Perth Airport premises to delineate bays for deliveries to different mine sites.

While the worker was bending over to place the stickers, a forklift reversed into him, driving over his left foot and right leg and resulting in serious and permanent injuries.

WorkSafe will contend that Toll did not implement practical measures to keep employees safe, resulting in an unsafe working environment and serious harm to one of its employees.

The maximum penalty for the main charge is a fine of $2 million. The first mention will take place in the Perth Magistrates Court on February 16.

Source: Mirage News

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