WorkSafe expects to prosecute more abattoirs for unsafe work practices this year.
On Monday, Ararat Abattoirs and its cleaning company, Western Contractors, were fined $75,000 for a 2008 incident in which a worker’s arm was caught in machinery.
In February, Warrnambool’s Midfield Meat and the cleaning company Hygiene Control were ordered to pay $60,000 over a similar incident in 2007.
WorkSafe’s Stan Krapan says it will not tolerate safety breaches in the meat processing industry.
“This is just unacceptable in this day and age and the law is very serious, these are criminal offences and we’ve been prosecuting them,” he said.
“We’re in fact doing more prosecutions this year than we have over the last few. We intend to increase that again next year and the costs are significant. The costs to small businesses in particular are crushing.”