Posted 23 Jun 2015, 2:05pm
In March 2012, a sub-contractor, delivered a load of gravel to Kenoss Contractors in Canberra. In the process of unloading the gravel, the tip truck he was driving connected with powerlines and the driver was electrocuted and later died.
Much to Kenoss’s surprise, they were prosecuted over the death of the third party contractor, even though the driver was not directly employed by Kenoss. The Magistrate found that Kenoss lacked documentation and a systematic approach to safety, which would have significantly reduced the risks of contractors being harmed.
Kenoss was convicted and fined $1.1m
The above article was adapted from an actual article that appeared in the Canberra times on 23rdJune 2015 and highlights the point that a good contractor safety management system can save lives.