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WorkSafe Victoria charges absent supervisor over workplace death

The importance of undertaking a risk assessment and consulting and coordinating work activities with other PCBUs has been highlighted in a significant prosecution commenced by WorkSafe Victoria this month in relation to a fatality in 2017 that occurred at a decommissioned cheese factory.

A 59-year-old man was killed and another man seriously injured when a condenser that had been craned into a shipping container fell and crushed them.

By Michael Selinger

The importance of undertaking a risk assessment and consulting and coordinating work activities with other PCBUs has been highlighted in a significant prosecution commenced by WorkSafe Victoria this month in relation to a fatality in 2017 that occurred at a decommissioned cheese factory.

A 59-year-old man was killed and another man seriously injured when a condenser that had been craned into a shipping container fell and crushed them.

The work was being conducted by A-1 Engineering from Cobram and Big Hill Cranes from Bendigo.

A-1 Engineering is alleged to have failed to:

Charges against an individual

A personal prosecution has also been commenced against the supervising engineer, who was absent on the day of the incident, for failing to take reasonable care.

The charges allege the engineer failed to:

Lessons learned

The prosecutions highlight that in circumstances where there is a high-risk activity being undertaken, it is critical for PCBUs to consult and co-ordinate their actions. In this case, it is alleged that a risk assessment was not undertaken which would have identified the steps required to be taken.

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