The crushing incident involving a dump truck in 2016 has cost an earthmoving company $90,000.
A 26 year old worker was underneath the body of the dump truck when the incident occurred.
The Sydney-based earthmoving company supplies civil construction and plant hire services and was sentenced for failing to maintain a safe working environment for its employees.
SafeWork described the incident as avoidable, saying the dump truck was carrying 30 tonnes of soil that lowered onto the man who was an experienced repairer.
He was called in to inspect and repair the malfunctioning truck and was underneath the raised dump body at the time. The body of the dump truck was not properly locked, causing it to lower down on the repairer.
He suffered severe damage to his lower back and hands.
SafeWork said the worker should have been provided with adequate safety training for repair and maintenance work so that he could identify safety measures such as ensuring the dump truck body was secured in the maximum holding position by lever and locks.
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