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Freight company charged after worker fatality

A transport company has been charged by WorkSafe Victoria after a worker was fatally crushed while unloading sections of large steel light poles from a truck at Altona North in June 2020.

The 56-year-old man passed away when two of the sections became unstable, fell off the truck and on to him.

Norman Carriers (Aust) Pty Ltd faces two charges under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to, so far as reasonably practicable, provide and maintain a safe working environment.

It’s alleged the company breached section 21(2)(a) of the OHS Act by failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work that would eliminate or reduce the risk of loads becoming unstable and falling from a truck.

WorkSafe also alleges the company breached of section 21(2)(e) of the Act by failing to provide information, instruction and training that would enable workers to unload trucks safely.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 15, 2022.

Norman Carriers has been contacted for comment.

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