LAST week Industrial Magistrate Walker gave her judgment on the death of Geoffrey Blackfella Gowen and fined Adecco Industrial and Sita Australia $5,000 each.
Between them the labour hire company Adecco and the garbage collector SITA had managed to hire the man, give him almost no training, put him in charge of a machine which if slightly mis-handled could kill its operator, and did in this case.
In her judgment Magistrate Walker, writing on the subject of specific deterrence noted:
“The sting of a mosquito is easily forgotten whereas the bite of a lion will remain forever in the memory.”
However because the Director of Public Prosecutions had marked the case for summary disposal the maximum possible fine was $5,000, rather than $750,000.