Oil refinery operator facing charges over worker safety violations

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A  Victorian oil refinery operator is facing charges in relation to a 2017 workplace incident.

WorkSafe charged the company after two workers were exposed to hydrofluoric acid leaks in separate incidents last year.

The company has been charged with 11 contraventions of the OHS Act following the incidents at its Corio refinery on 5 November and 4 December 2017.

The company is charged with failing to provide for employees, as far as reasonably practicable, a workplace that was safe and without risks to health and safety, failing to notify WorkSafe after becoming aware of a serious incident and failing to provide a written record to WorkSafe within 48 hours of the incident.

The charges have been filed in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court.

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