Garbo crushed to death by own truck

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A waste company has been found guilty of failing to maintain a safe workplace after a garbage truck driver was crushed by a truck in 2019.

Country Cart worker Brian Rintoule, 55, was crushed to death when his truck rolled forward into the gate of a Leongatha property in southern Victoria.

Mr Rintoule had put the parking brake on and got out of the vehicle to open a gate when the truck rolled forward, pinning him against the gate.

He was found the next day, having died of traumatic asphyxia.

Brian Rintoule was killed in a workplace accident in Leongatha in 2019. Picture: SuppliedBrian Rintoule was killed in a workplace accident in Leongatha in 2019. Picture: Supplied

The company pleaded guilty and was convicted of two offences and fined $300,000 on Monday.

County Court was found guilty of failing to provide or maintain safe plant and failing to provide or maintain safe systems of work.

Following the incident, a VicRoads inspector found the garbage truck was “unroadworthy” due to multiple major defects, including a faulty parking brake and being overdue for all required services.

WorkSafe acting executive director of health and safety Kelly Harris said the death highlighted the “terrible human cost of failing to follow the most basic of workplace safety procedures”.

“A thorough maintenance program and rigorous inspection of heavy vehicles is absolutely critical to protecting the health and safety of not only your workers but other road users and members of the public,” Ms Harris said.

“We are still seeing too many preventable work-related fatalities on our roads and WorkSafe will continue to take strong action against employers not doing everything they can to control the known risks.”

NCA NewsWire has contacted Country Cart for comment.

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