CAPITOL Chilled Meals, homeowners of Canberra Milk, has been fined $300,000 and convicted of Class 2 fees after the corporate pleaded responsible earlier than the ACT Industrial Court docket of critically injuring a supply driver.

Final yr the corporate, which is a part of the Bega Group, pleaded responsible to fees laid in opposition to it for the intense damage of supply driver Matthew Thompson, who in March 2021 was unloading from the rear of his van in Griffith when he was struck by a forklift and pinned to the again step of the van.

WorkSafe ACT commissioner Jacqueline Agius stated she was happy to see that the sentencing mirrored the seriousness of the incident and the significance of labor well being and security at each office.

“Right this moment’s sentencing provides a transparent message to all responsibility holders, they need to adjust to their work well being and security obligations and in the event that they don’t, they are going to be held to account,” she stated.

“I’m so happy to see our courtroom system appropriately penalising these breaches.

“Severe accidents and incidents are preventable, which is why work well being and security practices have to be a precedence in each office, at each time and for each employee.”