Charges laid over cadet’s serious injuries

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Charges have been laid against a department of the Australian Government after a high school student in Sydney suffered serious injuries during an army cadet camp.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed four charges in Downing Centre Local Court alleging that the Department failed in its duties under the federal Work Health and Safety Act.

The 14-year-old boy was injured during a school army cadet camp at Colo, northwest of the city on 19 September 2016.

According to Comcare’s investigation, the boy disappeared during an exercise and was later on found unconscious at the bottom of an escarpment. He suffered multiple fractures and was airlifted to a hospital.

The charges include three Category 2 offences under section 32 of the WHS Act – exposing a person to the risk of death, injury or illness. The charges are related to alleged failures in risk assessment, planning approval and supervision, with each count carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The Department is also facing a charge of failing to notify Comcare about the incident immediately.

The matter is listed for mention in Downing Centre Local Court on 6 November.

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