CONSTRUCTION giant Lend Lease has been fined $200,000 in relation to the death of a rail worker and serious injuries suffered by four others near Maitland.
The total amount of fines issued by the Industrial Court in relation to the incident is now $660,000 as well as prosecution and court costs in the thousands of dollars.
Campbelltown labourer Agamalu Iosefa died, while a co-worker suffered a crushed arm that required amputation, another received multiple fractures to his foot, a fourth worker sustained a broken shoulder and ankle and a fifth worker's leg was broken when steel rail lines sprang free while being held by a crane at Telarah on March 24, 2009.
The workers were unloading a 34-tonne panel known as a switch track, which contained rail lines being installed on tracks managed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation.
The panel was lifted onto the track before the workers realised that the tracks did not align.
The crane removed the panel and laid it down beside the corridor, but the crane driver did not lower the 34-tonne load completely.
When Mr Iosefa and his co-workers went to unclip the load, some of the clips gave way and the rail lines sprang free.
The workers were not told to steer clear while the load was in the air.
Lend Lease, then known as Abigroup, was one of several companies and contractors involved in the track upgrade.
It was convicted of one count under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Labour hire company MVM Rail was fined $160,000 while another contractor was fined $200,000.
The crane operator was fined $100,000.