Australia Post Fined $95,000 For Dodgy Postie Bikes
Palmerston, Northern Territory, Australia (News4us.com) April 01, 2011
Australia Post has apologised for the use of unroadworthy postal bikes at Palmerston in the Northern Territory in 2008.
The apology was made before a finding in the Federal Court that Australia Post had breached its duties to employees and a contractor for the use of the bikes.
Following civil proceedings by Comcare, the federal work health and safety regulator, Australia Post was fined $95,000 for having a total of six unroadworthy bikes at its Palmerston Delivery Centre in May of that year.
A Comcare investigation also found that workers at the Centre had not been properly trained in their responsibilities regarding Australia Post’s procedures for motorcycle pre-ride inspection and maintenance.
Comcare’s Work Health and Safety Group General Manager, Neil Quarmby acknowledged the cooperation received from Australia Post during the investigation and the apology for its safety breach.
He said that it was not enough for employers to have good work health and safety systems. They have to make sure that the systems work on-the-ground to prevent harm to workers.
The Court’s reasons for the ruling will be handed down at a later date.
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