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Company faces charges over workplace deaths

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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.

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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.

Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the editorial direction of the publication since the beginning of 2016. Before joining My Business, he worked on fellow Momentum Media titles The Adviser and Mortgage Business.

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