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Visy fined after suspending worker

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Visy has been more than $50 000 after it suspended a worker who removed to forklifts from operation at its Coburg facility over safety concerns.

It began when worker, Jon Zwart, who is also the safety officer on site, noticed malfunctioning reverse notification on two of the facility's forklifts, according to The Age.

Concerned over a potential safety issue, Zwart removed the forklifts from the factory floor.

Following this Visy suspended Zwart and informed him that investigations into his actions would follow.

The case has now gone to court, with Federal Court judge Bernard Murphy fining Visy for infringing on Zwart's legitimate actions as a workplace health and safety representative.'Adverse action against a health and safety representative exercising his or her powers [over safety concerns] must be treated as a serious matter,'' Murphy during the ruling.

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