Colac meatworks staff punished for planking

SHANE FOWLES

COLAC meatworks employees have been disciplined by CRF for 'planking' at work, as the fallout from the internet fad deepens.

CRF has demoted one worker and suspended at least two others for a week after they posted photos of themselves planking while on the job on Facebook.

Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union area organiser Jim Britain told the Geelong Advertiser that "two or three" employees had been suspended for a week and a senior worker was demoted after they lay flat on their stomachs on raised objects, including a wheelie bin, at work.

Mr Britain said management had been told of their antics and said the decision to punish them was based on workplace safety issues.

The disciplinary action follows Woolworths' sacking of eight employees last week for planking on top of meat grinders, display shelves, trolleys and stacks of milk crates.

The social media craze made national headlines when a Brisbane man, Acton Beale, fell from seventh floor of his apartment block while posing for a photo on a balcony railing.