Lack of reversing beeper on truck leads to workplace fatality and $200,000 fine

A trolley collection company was convicted and fined $200,000 today after the death of elderly man who was run over by a reversing vehicle at a shopping centre loading dock.

The County Court heard how a shopping trolley collection car and trailer, which reversed over the elderly man, did not have a warning beeper, flashing lights or rear view camera that might have alerted the driver.

Kakos Trolley Services Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to ensure so far as reasonably practicable that persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety arising from the conduct of the undertaking of the employer.

The incident happened in November 2008 when two Kakos employees had just finished unloading trolleys from the vehicle

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