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.