A business has been fined more than $67,000 after an employee was seriously injured while being raised on a forklift to close a faulty roller door.

The man, 33, was crushed when he got trapped between the roller door and forklift backrest at Holsten’s Pty Ltd at Hindmarsh in Adelaide in September 2011.

He spent a week in hospital with injuries to his ribs, back, right shoulder, chest, stomach and lungs.

The Industrial Court heard the man was unable to work after the accident.

The family-run business imports and sells florist and wedding products.

The court heard the motorised roller door at the warehouse was faulty and employees sometimes were lifted by a forklift to reach the door when opening and closing it.

The employee operating the forklift on the afternoon of the accident did not have a valid licence and lifted the other worker too high, causing him to be crushed against the door.

The company pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching workplace safety laws by failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and allowing an employee to do high-risk work.

Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie said he accepted the company was remorseful and acted quickly to improve its safety.

“The defendant sincerely regrets the injuries sustained by the employee and unreservedly apologises to the employee for the harm caused,” he said.

“The defendant took steps to ensure that the employee received immediate medical attention on-site and an ambulance was called.

[Company director Richard] Holsten himself attended the hospital with the employee to ensure that he was not alone.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-17/worker-crushed-when-forklift-used-instead-of-ladder/4961984

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