A fine of $400,000 has been levied on Melbourne Water for the death of a contract worker in December 2011. The death occurred at one of its sewage treatment plants.
The 52-year old lab technician had drowned in December after falling through a walkway into a sewage channel. The death occurred at the Eastern Treatment Plant at Bangholme.
During the search for the man’s remains, more than 1.5 million litres of sewage had to be pumped out.
Apparently, loose grates on the walkways had been reported to the plant’s owners for three years, but the company had not properly investigated the complaints. Melbourne Water had filed a guilty plea in response to the charge of failing to maintain a safe workplace.