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Nufarm fined over death at Australian plant

Nufarm has been fined Aus$300,000 (US$269,140) over a fatality that occurred at the company's agrochemical manufacturing facility in Laverton North, Victoria in May 2011. The worker was exposed to phenol while working on a pipe (Agrow No 619, p 9). After an investigation by WorkSafe Australia, Nufarm was charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act with failing to provide the supervision necessary to perform work safely. It was the first fatality at the plant in nearly 40 years. Nufarm says that it remains committed to improving safety across the business.

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