Melbourne company faces charges over fatal workplace incident


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A Brooklyn civil construction company has been charged over alleged health and safety failures after a worker was fatally crushed by a road roller in Mildura.

The 58-year-old man was helping load the roller onto a tray truck in a depot on 24 October 2017 when the incident occurred.

WorkSafe Victoria has charged the company with two offences under section 21 of the OHS Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

It is alleged the company’s failure to have in place a procedure or system, including a safety exclusion zone, for the loading and unloading of machines and equipment on and off trailers for transport was a breach of section 21(1) & 21(2)(a) of the OHS Act.

It is further alleged the company’s failure to provide information, instruction and training for such a system of was a breach of section 21(1) & 21(2)(e).

The matter was brought before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and listed for a committal mention on June 11.

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