Monday December 16, 2019 10:00
A recent article in the Safeguard Update publication (No 614) records a QUEENSLAND: MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE.
This is about a forklift/hoist accident where the charges alleged ‘that the company caused the worker’s death by failing to effectively separate pedestrians from mobile plant, and failing to effectively supervise workers including operators of mobile plant’.
The two directors charged face potential substantial fines and jail sentences.
The article reminds all New Zealand based businesses where forklifts are in use, of the need to ensure that there are effective rules around people and the use of forklifts, trucks and other mobile plant operations.
This is a busy time of year when business are trying to get product delivered before Christmas and people tend to take short cuts and rush, which can lead to people not taking sufficient care.
There have been the occasional death in NZ with forklifts operating around trucks, and no doubt WorkSafe and Court Judges are looking at what is happening in Australia.
Be safe out there this holiday season.
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