Car dealership fined $40,000 for accident
Seymour car dealership Beer Motor Car Traders Pty Ltd, trading as Neil Beer Seymour, was fined $40,000 in the Seymour Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, September 7 after a worker suffered skull fractures and bleeding on the brain from a forklift incident.
The company was sentenced without conviction and ordered to pay costs of $5635 after earlier pleading guilty to one charge of failing to maintain a safe system of work.
The court heard a forklift was used to move a heavy vehicle transmission while a storage shed was being cleaned in August 2019.
A worker was beneath the suspended transmission attempting to free a jam that was stopping the load being lowered when he became trapped.
The worker was treated in hospital for multiple skull fractures, brain bleeding and nerve damage to an eye and eye socket.