A Sydney security company has been fined $150,000 following the death of a security guard in 2011

The 21 year old male guard was killed when he was struck by a cement truck that was entering the Cement Australia manufacturing plant at Kandos in Central West NSW.

The guard was an employee of a company contracted to undertake work for MSS Security Pty Ltd (MSS). MSS was found guilty of a breach of section 8(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000.

SafeWork NSW alleged there was a risk of the guard being struck by a vehicle as he was monitoring the entry of trucks into the site and that MSS Security should have installed a ‘no go zone’ and required the use of radios for drivers and guards to communicate with each other.  

On 4 June 2015, the District Court found MSS guilty of an offence under section 8(2) of the Act and fined MSS $150,000 and ordered it to pay SafeWork NSW’s costs.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said MSS should have had safe work systems in place to manage the risk of security guards being struck by vehicles entering the site.

“Under NSW work health and safety laws, businesses must manage the risks to workers carrying out remote or isolated work, this includes security guards,” Mr Dunphy said.

“SafeWork NSW’s investigation found MSS did not have adequate safety systems to prevent and manage the risk of security guards being struck by vehicles entering the site.

“Some of the steps MSS should have taken include installing a ‘no go zone’ for vehicles entering the site and requiring the use of radios for drivers and guards to communicate with each other.  

“This incident shows that an effective safety system does not have to be expensive or complicated, and in this instance, could have saved a life.

“We hope this judgment sends a message to the NSW security industry of the need to have effective safe work systems in place as well as the devastation it can cause when there isn’t.”

Further information on work health and safety for remote and isolated work is available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50.

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