An earthmoving firm has been given a $90,000 fine after a worker was crushed under the body of a dump truck in June 2016.

The 26 year old victim was working beneath the body of a dump truck when the incident, described as avoidable, took place.

The Sydney-based civil construction and plant hire services company was sentenced for failing to maintain a safe working environment.

The dump body was carrying 30 tonnes of soil at the time when it was lowered onto the experienced repairer.

The dump truck body was not properly locked and it lowered, crushing the man.

The worker was not provided with adequate safety training for repair and maintenance work and therefore was not able to identify safety measures such as ensuring the dump body was locked in the maximum holding position by lever and dump body locks, WorkSafe said

This incident serves as a reminder to companies about the importance of ensuring workers are properly trained and that they have documented Safe Work Procedures in place to protect workers.

In the construction industry, every worker must be in possession of a White Card, proving they have completed the mandatory federal requirement for general construction site safety training.


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