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WHS charges over Adelaide incident (Media release)

27 November 2020

A national transport and logistics company has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over an incident that severely injured a worker in Adelaide.

Following a Comcare investigation, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed two charges in the Adelaide Magistrates Court alleging K. & S. Freighters Pty. Ltd. failed in its duties under the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

It will be alleged the company failed to provide a safe system of work and adequate training and supervision.

The incident happened on 25 November 2018 at a freight depot in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

After delivering a load of steel coil, workers were raising the heavy interlocked gates on a truck trailer when the gates fell on a K. & S. worker, causing severe leg fractures.

The charges are Category 2 offences under the Work Health and Safety Act, each carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The matter is listed for mention in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 15 January 2021.

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