Trucking Operator Found Guilty over 2016 Death of Intoxicated Pedestrian

A trucking operator has been found guilty over a fatal incident involving an intoxicated pedestrian in 2016.

The man was killed by a truck leaving a supermarket loading dock and was intoxicated enough to become incapable of standing, the court heard.

The trucking company pleaded guilty in Darwin Local Court to breaching workplace health and safety duties, leading to the death of the 47 year old man at a Woolworths.

The driver failed to check in front of the truck when pulling out of the loading bay and stopped only when he felt a shudder. The driver was working for one of the company’s subcontractors.

The company is facing a maximum fine of up to $1.5million, with the court most commonly imposing fines of around $150,000  in similar cases.

The sentence will be announced on March 26.