Forklift Safety:Court Fines Man for Running Over Co-worker
In Early 2011, Gary Egberts was operating a forklift in order to unload a truck at the Karratha depot of transport company Star Frieghtlines. As a result of his inadequate training, Egberts accidentally hit a truck driver and ran over his left leg, resulting in a dislocated patella and significant abrasions and bruising.
WorkSafe reported that Egbert did not honk the forklift’s horn while reversing and it lacked a working reverse alarm.
Egberts put forth a guilty plea for failing to take reasonable care to avoid an incident and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court this week.
Last month, his employer was subject to a $20,000 for failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment.
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