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Court Summary - at a glance
- Verify communication of a Standard Operating Procedure (or similar) for loading and unloading steel beams to employees, and ensure that this is understood and followed by periodically inspecting and monitoring employees loading and unloading of the steel beams.
- Ensure employees are certified to industry standards to operate a forklift by:
- Ensuring current certification to operate a forklift; and
- Providing formal training in forklift operation.
The Defendant was engaged as a contractor. The victim was an employee of the principal.
On the day of the incident, an employee of the Defendant was operating a forklift to load 18 metre 2.25 tonne steel beams onto a truck when a steel beam fell onto the victim’s foot.
As a result, the victim sustained amputation of his left big toe and second toe.
(40% of the apportioned $15,000 imposed between Double R Transport Limited and H J Asmuss & Co Limited)