A poultry contractor has been convicted and fined $1.13 million over an incident in which a man was struck and killed by a forklift on a farm at Lethbridge, near Geelong (Australia) in 2015.

CK Crouch Pty Ltd was found guilty in the Geelong Magistrate’s Court of three breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 – two charges of failing to provide or maintain safe systems of work and one charge of failing to provide information, instruction and training to employees.

It was also ordered to pay $3,200 in costs.

The company was contracted by Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd to catch and load live chickens from various farms, including a chicken farm at Lethbridge, about 30 km north-west of Geelong.

On 30 November 2015, workers attended the Lethbridge farm to catch and load chickens. The workers herded the chickens to one or both sides of the shed, before dimming the shed lights to reduce the stress to the animals.

Cages were then brought into the shed by forklift and workers filled them. The forklift then carried the cage outside to the waiting transport. Each cage held up to 160 chickens.

At about 11pm, a forklift carrying a full cage of chickens was moving through the shed at about 5 km/h when it struck a worker as he was picking up a chicken.

The 41-year-old man, who was wearing dark clothing, suffered serious chest, spine and pelvis injuries and died at the scene.

The above article was published in the Forkliftaction News on 13th September 2017.

Again reinforcing ….You don’t walk away from a fork lift accident.