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K&S Freighters comes under Comcare WHS scrutiny

Accusation of safety duty breach over 2018 Adelaide depot injury


Listed national operator K&S Freighters faces charges in the new year over a 2018 incident at an Adelaide depot.

Statutory authority Comcare reports the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed two charges in the Adelaide Magistrates Court alleging K&S failed in its duties under the Work Health and Safety Act.

It will be alleged K&S, a self-insured licensee under the Comcare Scheme, failed to provide a safe system of work and adequate training and supervision.

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The incident happened on November 25, 2018 at a freight depot in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

“After delivering a load of steel coil, workers were raising the heavy interlocked gates on a truck trailer when the gates fell on a K&S worker, causing severe leg fractures,” Comcare’s statement notes.

“The charges are Category 2 offences under the Work Health and Safety Act, each carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.”

A company spokesperson tells ATN “K&S takes workplace safety very seriously but, given the matter is before the courts, has no further comment to make”.

The matter is listed for mention in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on January 15.

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