08 February 2016

Sentence appeals for unsafe work practice matters

Fines of $40,000 and $30,000 imposed on two Melbourne companies for unsafe work practices that resulted in workplace accidents will be appealed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Manufacturer of steel, tube and pipe, Orrcon Distribution Pty Ltd, was fined $40,000 without conviction at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 16 December 2015 for failing to provide a safe working environment.

The charge related to a pack of 8 metre steel being dislodged by a crane and falling onto an employee’s legs in August 2014, trapping him against adjacent packs at the Keysborough workplace. The employee was in hospital for about 10 days, required skin grafting to a leg and suffered a dislocated shoulder.

DPP John Champion S.C. has lodged an appeal in the County Court on the ground that the sentence passed was inadequate.

Melbourne Chef Pty Ltd was fined an aggregate of $30,000 without conviction in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 9 December 2015 on two counts of failing to provide and maintain a safe plant.

The charges related to an incident at the food processing and packaging company’s Kensington premises in September 2014 when an employee’s hand was dragged into the blades of a vegetable cutter, partially amputating three fingers.

Mr Champion has lodged an appeal in the County Court against the sentence on the ground it is inadequate.

For further information contact:

Lisa Walker

03 9603 7493
0400 494 962