Sydney Trains fined for being unable to carry out duty to protect workers
In 2016, Charles Lagaaia was killed after being hit by a train while working on the tracks. A Sydney Trains employee for 26 years, the courts have found that the employer failed to protect him and that his death could have been prevented.
He was not given a site induction, hadn’t signed a pre-work briefing and wasn’t even shown a safety diagram for the work site.
Though there were some safety measures in place, they did not cover the section of track Mr Lagaaia was working on, a fatal oversight.
“Horrible accidents happen when safety isn’t the first priority for every employer. We hope that Sydney Trains can learn a lesson from this and improve their safe work practices,” said RTBU Loco Division Secretary Bob Hayden.
“Our condolences go out to Mr Lagaaia and his family.”