Civil construction company charged over two workers’ death


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A civil construction company has been charged following the death of two workers after a trench collapsed in Ballarat last year.

The company was charged with breaches of section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to maintain battering or benching of the excavation and to use trench shields and manhole cages to protect workers from the risk of engulfment; and failing to provide supervision to ensure its workers did not perform work in the trench without battering, benching, trench shields or manhole cages.

In March 2018, the two workers were laying pipe at a housing development in the Ballarat suburb of Delacombe when the incident happened. The 34-year-old victim died at the scene and a 21-year-old man died in the hospital the following day.

The matter is listed for a filing hear at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on 4 February 2019.

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