Cheese Factory Fined For Death
A dairy products manufacturing company in Victoria was ordered to pay fines and face a conviction following the death of a man. The company was convicted for unsafe storage practices that resulted in a death. The company, Fonterra Australia was fined $300,000 in a Melbourne court. The death of the man resulted from a one tonne bag of salt collapsing on to him Fonterra pleaded guilty to a charge regarding the death of a forklift driver three years ago at the factory.
The judge ruled that it wasn’t until the man’s death that a safety system was developed and implemented. WorkSafe stated that all businesses are required to ensure the safe storage of all bulk products or stock. The stacking of salt bags was deemed unsafe because the bags were not level enough to safely keep the bags on the top from falling . Safety failures regarding Routine tasks are often the cause of workplace injuries.
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