Aussie farmer has been fined after a Belgian backpacker died of heat-stress while on the job.
Olivier Max Caramin, 27, died in November 2017 in a hospital in Queensland after serving as a pumpkin picker for just three days.
Bradford Clark Rosten, his boss, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with duties relating to health and safety.
He was fined A$ 65,000, but a conviction was avoided.
Mr. Caramin worked in Ayr, a town in tropical northern Queensland, on a farm.
He was picking pumpkins for several hours on a 35C day without any shade on the day he collapsed.
The Townsville Magistrates Court found on Friday that Mr Rosten had failed to provide his staff with proper safety instruction.
Magistrate Ross Mack acknowledged the sorrow and previously successful record of Mr Rosten, but said “complacency” had led to the death of Mr Caramin.
“It’s not all that surprising, because of the poor workplace health and safety standards in many of these farms,” Australian Worker’s Union’s Steve Baker told 7NEWS.
Fiona O’Sullivan from Occupational Health and Safety Queensland said that about 13 Queenslanders die each year in the agricultural industry and about 1700 are seriously injured.