The Federal Court has issued a $52,470 fine to Visy Australia for its action against a workplace health and safety representative.
The OHS Rep, having found that the reversing beepers on two forklifts were not working, tagged the equipment out of service to prevent any potential harm to workers and was subsequently suspended by Visy.
Improperly functioning forklifts present a serious danger in busy workplaces, a fact underscored by a 2008 collision at another Visy facility, which resulted in serious injuries to a worker and a fine for Visy.
Federal Court judge Bernard Murphy ruled that Visy’s suspension of the OHS representative as a result of his taking the forklifts out of action, contravened the health and safety interests of the workplace.
Visy Australia has not issued a statement.