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Prosecution Details

Defendant Kevin Blohberger
Section 20(1)(b)
Offence Date Friday, 30 August 2002
Description of Breach(es)

Being an employee failed to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of another person by suspending and lowering that person on the tynes of a forklift truck.

Background Details

The defendant was employed as a yard man and forklift driver for a transport company in Guildford.

On 30 August 2002 a WorkSafe Inspector observed the defendant operating a forklift to load bales of paper onto a flat bed truck. The process for loading involved another person manually moving the bales into position. Another person was standing on the truck positioning the bales. Once the loading was complete the person was standing on top of the bales at a height of approximately 2.5 metres. The defendant then raised the tynes of the forklift to the height of the bales and the person stepped across onto a pallet positioned on the tynes. The person was then lowered to the ground.

The defendant pleaded guilty.

Outcome Summary convicted
Conviction Date 25 Sep 2003
Court Midland Court of Petty Sessions
Fine $500
Costs $207.70
Charge Number 5820/03