Precast Civil Industries fined $275,000 after 25-year-old worker was sucked into concrete press

Pipe factory is fined $275,000 after a 25-year-old worker cleaning a concrete press was sucked inside and crushed to death in horrific crash

  • Nathan Lewis, 25, was killed in September 2018 while cleaning a red radial baler
  • On Thursday, Precast Civil Industries faced Victoria County Court
  • Judge said company failed to ensure safety of machine cleaning system










A Victorian firm has been convicted and fined $275,000 after an employee was pulled into a concrete press and crushed to death.

Nathan Lewis, 25, was killed in September 2018 while cleaning a red radial press at Precast Civil Industries Pty Ltd, which manufactures concrete pipes.

The Shepparton company faced Victoria County Court on Thursday, where Judge Justin Hannebery said it had failed to secure a safe system for cleaning machinery.

The Shepparton company faced Victoria County Court on Thursday, where Judge Justin Hannebery said it had failed to secure a safe system for cleaning machinery (stock image)

“Nathan Lewis died on the job (and) his loss had a profound impact on his loved ones,” Judge Hannebery said.

“Imposing a fine is not an attribution of monetary value to the life of the victim, an indication of the triviality of the offense or compensation for the victim.

“Rather, it’s a reflection of the risk-based offenses that make up occupational health and safety law.”

Mr. Lewis had been with the company for two and a half years.

He was killed after using a hammer on the conveyor rollers of the Red Radial Press to remove hardened concrete that had accumulated during production.

Mr. Lewis came into contact with a return roller on the underside of the concrete feed conveyor and was then sucked into and crushed by the conveyor.

Precast pleaded guilty to one count of failing to provide a safe work environment in May last year.

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