Herman Holtz, 62, was killed when a crane overturned at the University of Canberra Hospital construction site in 2016.

A CRANE company has been fined $300,000 for the death of a construction worker on a building site in Canberra five years ago.

Herman Holtz, 62, was killed when a mobile crane attempting to move a 10-tonne generator overturned at the University of Canberra Hospital construction site in 2016.

RAR Cranes was found guilty today (March 25) of a Category 2 offense under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2011 and fined $300,000.

Construction company Multiplex was convicted and fined $150,000 in November last year for the same incident.

Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius said she was happy to see a conviction.

“Today’s outcome sends a strong message to those responsible – if you do the wrong thing, not only will you forever negatively impact a wide circle of people, but WorkSafe ACT will catch you and you will be held accountable,” Ms. Agius mentioned.

“My heart goes out to the Holtz family and their friends, especially as they revisit this tragic event time and time again as the justice system takes its course.”

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