A Victorian scrap yard operator has been jailed over a fatal fall from a forklift in February 2017.
Maria Jackson, 72-year-old owner of the Recycling Emporium in Gippsland, Victoria was sentenced to six (6) months jail in December last year but was released on bail after lodging an appeal. However, she withdrew her appeal on 21 January, and was subsequently taken into custody.
The court heard Maria was not licensed to operate the forklift truck but raised a person about 3m high in a scrap bin on the forklift tines, contrary to safety regulations and the person fell when the bottom of the bin gave way. The scrap metal then fell on top of him, causing fatal injuries.