Vic company fined $100k after accident

Oct 24 2017

 A Melbourne marble and granite distributor has been fined more than $100,000 after a young worker was left quadriplegic when crushed by 22 slabs of heavy stone.

The 25-year-old has no feeling from the chest down after the slabs of porcelain, each weighing 80kg, fell on him during a workplace accident in February 2016.
Melbourne Magistrates Court found distributor WK Marble and Granite of Cheltenham failed in its safety obligations after WorkSafe said the heavy slabs were not securely strapped.
"Any plan that involves workers handling large, heavy objects which are unsecured and effectively balancing on racks is a flawed one," WorkSafe's Director of Health and Saftey Marine Williams said.
"The worker injured in this incident was lucky not to have been killed but the serious nature of his injury has irrevocably altered the course of his life and the lives of his family and friends."
The company was fined $90,000 and ordered it pay an additional $13,728 in legal fees.

Last changed: Oct 24 2017 at 12:19 PM