An employer has been fined $98,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $24,000 after an employee was injured while unloading a truck.  Some of the load slipped off the truck and hit the employee on the head, causing a skull fracture and four days hospitalisation.

The employer did not have a standard operating procedure for unloading and workers had not been trained in safe operating procedures.  As well as developing a standard operating procedure and training workers, the employer must also monitor compliance with the standard operating procedures to ensure that workers are following the rules.

Alan Knowsley

Health & Safety and Employment Lawyer