Slam $525,000 fine for staff death

UNIONS say fining Sydney Trains $525,000 for safety failures that contributed to the death of signal mechanic Charles Lagaaia while working at Clyde four years ago, doesn’t go far enough.

While welcoming the court judgment, Electrical Trades Union assistant secretary Ben Lister said it didn’t heal the suffering of families, friends and colleagues, and the fine didn’t reflect “the seriousness” of the offences.
“The company was also convicted of exposing six other workers to risk of serious injury or death,” he said.
Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins said they accepted the decision and the fine, and over the past three years had implemented a “number of significant safety actions”.
He said they were committed to ensuring a safe work environment, “because no family should have to suffer the loss of a loved one in the workplace”.