Toll hit by record fine over employee death

A court in Victoria yesterday handed out a record A$1m ($742,000) fine to Toll after the Australian transport firm pleaded guilty to safety failures which led to the death of a 42-year-old employee in May 2014.

Anthony Attard was loading cargo onto a ship at Melbourne’s Webb Dock when he was run over by a trailer and crushed to death under its wheels.

The fine is the largest ever handed down by a Victorian court for an offence under workplace health and safety laws.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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