Thursday 20 December 2018

Quarry fined following worker death

A quarry operator has been convicted and fined $230,000 after a dump truck driver died when his vehicle rolled on a stockpile in May, 2016.

Keilor Melton Quarries Pty Ltd was sentenced on Friday after it was earlier found guilty of contravening section 26 of the OHS Act, by failing to ensure the workplace was safe and without risks to health and safety

The Melbourne Country Court heard the driver, a man in his 60s, died when the dump truck he was driving flipped over the edge of a stockpile at the Plumpton quarry and slid down the other side.

The court heard the driver, a sub-contractor, was moving material up an earthen ramp to dump near the top of the stockpile when the incident occurred.

A WorkSafe investigation found that Keilor Melton Quarries should have completed a risk assessment and a Safe Work Method Statement for the task.

It also found the company failed to take a number of reasonably practicable steps including ensuring the perimeter of the stockpile was adequately walled and engaging a qualified engineer to assess the stability of the stockpile.

WorkSafe Health and Safety Executive Director Julie Nielsen said the death was a tragic reminder of the importance of identifying the hazards involved in high-risk work.

“Employers have a responsibility to ensure Safe Work Method Statements are prepared for all high-risk work, including work involving sub-contractors,” Ms Nielsen said.

“It is not acceptable to put the safety of any worker at risk by failing to identify hazards and failing to take action on these.”

For more information on health and safety obligations for quarries click here.

Further Information

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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.