Crane employers fined $180,000 for worker's death


A Malaga crane company and two of its directors have been fined a total of $180,000 over the death of a 22-year-old worker in 2007.

Luke Aaron Murrie, a 22-year-old rigger, was struck in the head by a 375kg section of crane mast, killing him.

The mast fell out of a pack of 16 crane sections being moved by another crane.

D & G Hoists & Cranes Pty Ltd and Directors David Patrick Majella Keating and Luigi Vincenzo Decesare were yesterday sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court after being found guilty in December.

D & G was found guilty of failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and therefore causing the death of Mr Murrie. The company was fined $90,000.

Keating and Decesare were found to be negligent directors and guilty of breaching the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Each was fined $45,000.

Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said Mr Murrie's death could have been avoided if safe workplace practices were in place.

"The court was told that the slinging practice used was inherently dangerous because it relied heavily on the packing straps supporting the load, which they clearly did not," he said.

"The court found that it would have been practicable for safe work practices to have been in place, which may well have prevented this tragic loss of a young life."

He said that company directors had obligations to directly intervene if unsafe work practices were taking place.


From WA Today.

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