QLD: Farmer Fined as Remotely Operated Tractor Goes Awry
Source: Safety Culture
A Rollingstone farmer has pleaded guilty in the Townsville
Industrial Magistrates Court to failing to ensure workplace safety.
He was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay $3,029.10 in court costs after a
worker was seriously hurt in a tractor-related incident in May 2009.
The court was told the worker tried to mount the
tractor when the vehicle veered off course. He hit the gear lever and
was run over.
The worker suffered a broken right leg as a result. He had to undergo
A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigation found that the
tractor's design was modified to allow it to be controlled remotely during
The new design did not provide any way to stop the tractor aside from
physically getting on the vehicle while it was moving.