Cattle station owner charged over death of worker

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A cattle station owner has been charged over the death of one of its workers in the Barkly Region in 2016.

The company has been charged with one breach of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act, for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

The 26-year-old British national who was employed as store manager at the Epenarra station was on a return trip after collecting fresh produce from Wauchope Hotel when he was killed in a single-vehicle rollover. The vehicle he was driving had NT pastoral registration and was in poor mechanical condition.

NT WorkSafe will allege that the company failed in their health and safety duty by failing to ensure the vehicle provided to the victim was mechanically sound and legally permitted to make the journey to Wauchope Hotel; failing to ensure the proper maintenance and safety of the vehicle involved; and failing to provide the appropriate information and training to the worker on how to safely drive a four-wheel drive vehicle in outback conditions.

The company, if found guilty, will face a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The matter is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on Tuesday 10 April 2018.

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