A Gore farm machinery company has been fined after it failed to properly repair a tractor resulting in a farm worker being injured.
Agricentre South Limited was sentenced in the Gore District Court today after brakes on a tractor serviced and supplied by the company failed and the worker was run over.
The brakes on the second-hand tractor were not working when it was first purchased by Agricentre South in 2015.
Some diagnostic work and repairs had been completed when the tractor was delivered to a property for a trial in April 2016.
The farm owner identified further issues with the tractor, including its brakes, and Agricentre South attempted to fix the issue on-farm.
Five days into the trial, the brakes failed and the tractor ran over a worker.
The victim was left with fractured vertebra, fractures to her arm and injuries to both legs.
The farm owner who was driving the tractor escaped the incident unharmed.
WorkSafe’s investigation found that Agricentre South had failed to ensure the tractor’s repair history was communicated between staff, failed to ensure the tractor had fully operational brakes, and that wires for the warning lights were reconnected and working after repairing the brakes.
"The vehicle service industry, including the servicing of farm machinery, needs exceptional diligence to ensure the safety of the end users of vehicles and plant. Working brakes are the difference between life and death – on the road and in the workplace," says WorkSafe Head of Specialist Interventions, Simon Humphries.
In April 2018, reparations to the victim were made totalling $103,459.
Today, a further fine of $239,063 was imposed.