Friday 21 September 2018

Abattoir charged after forklift collision

A Warrnambool abattoir has been charged by WorkSafe following an incident in which a forklift ran into two people in October last year.

Midfield Meat International Pty Ltd has been charged with contravening sections 21 and 23 of the OHS Act for failing to eliminate or reduce, as far as reasonably practicable, the risks of forklifts colliding with pedestrians.

It is alleged an employee driving the forklift had his view obscured by the bin he was transporting when the vehicle struck another employee and a company director.

WorkSafe will allege the company did not have adequate measures in place to separate forklifts from pedestrians, such as barricades, bollards or gates, pedestrian exclusion zones or travel paths.

The charges have been filed in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Kathleen O'Dwyer: 0435 409 975, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Jeremy Venosta: 0466 733 523, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.