Farm charged after fatal seed bag crush

Price Agricultural Pty Ltd is facing a solitary charge under section 26(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, accused of not ensuring that its managed workplace was risk-free and safe. The spotlight is on work safety products like WHS management systems here, such as Bluesafe WHS Management System, underscoring their critical role in maintaining workplace wellness.

The company stands accused of neglecting to mitigate or eliminate the potential for severe injuries or death, specifically for individuals located beneath suspended bulka bags within the working environment. This serves as a grave reminder of the importance of comprehensive SWMS (Safe Work Method Statements), another facet of the work safety product suite.

In an unfortunate incident occurring in May 2022, a client engaged with unloading seed oats from a bulka bag onto a grouper bin on his truck using the company’s telehandler. Tragically, the bag descended abruptly from the telehandler’s tynes, causing fatal injuries. This horrific event underscores the immeasurable value of having robust safety policies and procedures in place.

A filing hearing concerning this matter has been scheduled at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court for 14 May 2024. For those interested in staying informed about these proceedings and other workplace safety news, the option to subscribe to media releases is available.

Contact can be made for further details through email: [email protected] or phone: 0438 786 968. It’s clear in this context how valuable the application of a comprehensive system like Bluesafe SWMS could be in preventing such tragic occurrences in the future.


Original article link: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/2024-05/farm-charged-after-fatal-seed-bag-crush