Transport company fined $490k after death

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A Victorian transport company has been slapped with $490,000 in fines after a worker died in a truck rollover in the state's southeast.

The truck driver died while attempting to round a bend in a milk tanker at Leongatha in May 2018.

An investigation into the company he worked for, Peter Stoitse Transport Pty Ltd, found it failed to give its drivers detailed information and training about how to drive the tankers, despite nine rollovers since 2009.

An inspection at its Leongatha depot in July 2018 resulted in major defect notices for 80 per cent of a fleet of prime movers and tanker trailers, meaning they had to be immediately taken off the road.

Then in September 2018, the company did not notify WorkSafe about a separate truck rollover at Echuca. That incident left another driver hospitalised with a serious laceration.

Peter Stoitse Transport pleaded guilty in the Latrobe Valley County Court on Wednesday to two charges of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment, and one charge of failing to notify WorkSafe about an incident.

It was hit with $490,000 in fines. The largest of $300,000 was for failing to provide a safe system of work.

The company showed a clear disregard for its drivers' safety, WorkSafe health and safety executive Narelle Beer said.

"Tragically, two workers have been killed in vehicle accidents so far this year and WorkSafe will continue to take strong enforcement action against those duty holders refusing to keep their workers safe on the road," she said.

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