Transport company charged following Comcare investigation

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday November 30, 2020

Adobe

A national transport and logistics company has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over a 2018 incident that left a worker with severe leg injuries.

Federal work safety regulator Comcare on Friday revealed the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has filed two charges against K&S Freighters in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, each carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

“It will be alleged the company failed to provide a safe system of work and adequate training and supervision,” Comcare said in a statement.

The CDPP has alleged the ASX company “failed in its duties” under the Work Health and Safety Act, in relation to an incident that occurred on November 25, 2018, at a freight depot in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

After delivering a load of steel coil, workers were raising the heavy interlocked gates on a truck trailer when the gates fell on a K&S worker, causing severe leg fractures.

The charges are Category 2 offences under the WHS Act.

The matter is listed for mention in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on January 15.

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