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Drilling Contrator Fined $870,000 Over Truck Death

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Perth-based drilling contractor has been fined $750,000 over the death of an employee in 2006. Bradley Alford, 21, was killed when the truck he was driving rolled onto him at Clonbinane, north of Melbourne.

Worksafe investigators found the truck's brakes were not working properly and Mr Alford did not receive proper training.

Orbit Drilling was fined for recklessly endangering the worker.

The company's director, Martin Smith, has been fined $120,000.

Worksafe Victoria the fine is one of the biggest penalties ever handed down in Victorian workplace law.

Stan Krpan from Worksafe says Mr Alford's death was preventable.

"This is an all too familiar scenario," he said.

"Poor maintenance, putting off things that need to be done, in terms of brakes or maintenance on equipment, and young workers who are very inexperienced being put in an invidious position.That's the thing that's really disappointing."

Reported by ABC News

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