HALF MILLION FINE FOR PERMANENT DISABILITY

A gas cylinder supplier has been fined a total of $550,000 after a worker was left permanently disabled in a ute explosion in December 2017. 

The worker was driving along Mountain Highway in Bayswater when two gas cylinders containing acetylene and oxygen that he had just picked up from Supagas exploded. 

Nearby cars, homes and overhead power lines were damaged by the explosion, which sent debris flying up to 200 metres away. 

The worker now requires the use of a wheelchair and has memory loss as a result of multiple traumatic, physical and mental injuries. 

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$20,000 FINE FOR SILO INUNDATION THAT TRAPPED WORKER 

A food manufacturer has been convicted and fined $20,000 following an incident where a worker was taken to hospital after being trapped by grain that surged from a silo at a Kensington worksite in June 2021. 

The court heard that following several unsuccessful attempts to unblock the silo, a worker entered a multi-level shed while attempting to clear the blockage when product surged into the shed, trapping him.  

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