A company and its director have been issued with fines totaling more than $336,300 for negligence that left one worker a tetraplegic.
The director and company were charged for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of a person while at work after he was struck on the back by part of a harvester while he was unloading it from a truck.
The incident happened on 10 March 2016 and left the man a tetraplegic, in need of 24 hour care.
WorkSafe said the company hadn’t followed the basic health and safety management practices such as understanding and managing risks of working with a harvester despite it being in use by the company since 1996.
The worker was also not trained adequately and the company didn’t have an emergency plan in place to cover when a person working alone was injured.
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