Melbourne sign writing company fined over Swanston St wall collapse in 2013


A signage company has been fined $250,000 over a fatal wall collapse in March 2013.

Three people died when they were crushed in a wall collapse on Swanston Street in Melbourne. The section that collapsed was 3 metres high and 15 metres long and was at the old Carlton and United Brewery site.

The company was fined in the County Court of Victoria on Thursday. It pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, people other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety as a result of its work, on the basis of its involvement in the attachment of a timber hoarding to the wall which increased the risk of the wall collapsing.

In November 2014, Grocon (Victoria Street) was convicted and fined $250,000 after pleading guilty to one charge of failing to ensure that a workplace it managed or controlled was, so far as was reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.

“Today’s judgment is a reminder to anyone who manages or controls a workplace that they are responsible not just for the health and safety of employees and others at the work site, but also anyone else who may be affected by their conduct,” said WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams.

“Every employer has to assume their responsibility for safety at a workplace. As we know, a disregard for safety can lead to  devastating and far-reaching consequences.”

One thought on “Melbourne sign writing company fined over Swanston St wall collapse in 2013

  1. Australian workers are in grave danger when Worksafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety thinks that imposing a fine of $250,000 is adequate in the loss of three innocent lives, and that that PCBU Grocon can continue to operate is beyond comprehension. If a member of the public caused the loss of three lives whilst driving a motor vehicle , they would be facing a jail term.

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