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Company faces charges over workplace deaths

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
09 January 2019 1 minute readShare

A Victorian company has been charged over alleged health and safety failures, following the deaths of two employees in a workplace accident last year.

In a brief media statement, WorkSafe Victoria said that Ballarat-based civil construction company Pipecon Pty Ltd will front the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on 4 February 2019 on two charges of breaching section 21 of Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The agency has accused Pipecon of failing to maintain battering or benching of an excavation site or use trench shields and manhole cages, as well as failing to provide proper supervision on a job site.

It follows an accident at the Winterfield housing development in Delacombe, a suburb of Ballarat, on 21 March 2018.

The accident claimed the life of a 34-year-old onsite, while a 21-year-old employee died in a hospital a day later. Both workers had been laying pipes in a trench on the site when the trench wall collapsed on top of them.

Pipecon has been contacted for comment.

Company faces charges over workplace deaths
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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