Precedent Case Boss jailed for 12 years for worker’s death

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Precedent Case Boss jailed for 12 years for worker’s death

05/10/2015

A South Australian trucking boss has been jailed for 12 years for manslaughter and endangering another person’s life.

The boss, owner of the Green Fields trucking company, was told that a truck’s brakes were faulty after the truck was involved in a near miss. The boss failed to fix the faulty brakes and two days later, the brakes failed again. While trying not to collide with heavy traffic after the truck’s brakes failed, the driver crashed into a pole and died. The Court heard that no steps were taken to rectify the faulty brakes between the near miss and the fatal incident.

In sentencing the boss, the judge noted from the psychologist’s report that his decision-making was likely “driven by a misplaced sense of arrogance and self-confidence … whilst simultaneously minimising the concerns of others regarding the vehicles under his ownership…”

The boss was sentenced to 12 years’ jail with a non-parole period of 10 years for manslaughter of the driver and endangering the life of another driver (that was involved in the near miss).

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