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WorkSafe Victoria focuses on motor workshop safety

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A Wodonga company has been convicted and fined $50,000 after a car being put on a vehicle hoist crashed off the end hitting a worker. The worker’s leg was amputated after the incident at Wodonga in November 2006.

McRae Motors pleaded guilty to one charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. WorkSafe Victoria’s executive director, John Merritt, said it was another case of where people and vehicles needed to be separated.

“Separating pedestrians and workers from vehicles or moving plant must be a high priority, whether its forklifts in a warehouse, trucks at loading docks or vehicles in workshops.”

“This is an incident that has been life-changing for the injured man. Like virtually all the matters investigated by WorkSafe Victoria, both the driver of the vehicle and the injured man were doing routine tasks.

“Our message is that unless risks are managed, injuries and in some cases, deaths, will continue to happen. Taking a creative and active approach to safety, anticipating potential hazards, consulting with the workforce and putting safety improvement plans into effect, is essential.”

John Merritt said in many cases the solutions were not complex. He also says, “What needs to happen is ensure the potential issues are addressed and dealt with.

“No one can afford to rely on good luck, skill and experience to ensure workplaces remains safe. Knowing the workplace is safe will ensure tragic events do not happen,” said John Merritt.

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