WesTrac fined after man loses leg

WesTrac and Hardy Bros have been fined more than a quarter of a million dollars after a worker lost his leg in an industrial accident.

The two companies yesterday pleaded guilty to offences under the Occupational Health and Safety in the NSW Industrial Court, according to the Newcastle Herald.

The incident occurred in 2009 when a WesTrac employee was repairing a dozer leased to Hardy Bros Mining and Constructions, which had been working at the Eraring Power Station.

The worker, along with others, were equipping the dozer with a 1.3 tonne attachment when the piece fell onto the man, crushing his right leg and left foot.

The leg was later amputated.

However while WesTrac and Hardy were fined $150 000 and $105 000 respectively, the judge noted both companies had taken responsibility for the incident and the aftermath.

"The evidence demonstrates that [the offenders] have taken responsibility in different ways for their acts and omissions in relation to this accident,’’ Justice Haylen said.

‘‘In particular, WesTrac has provided not only financial [support], but support at many levels for [the victim] from the time of his hospitalisation through to his rehabilitation, and in securing a career for him within the company structure."

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