Metro Trains charged over high voltage incident

WorkSafe has today charged Metro Trains for a breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act following an incident in which an employee was injured while working on high voltage powerlines.


Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd was charged with failing to maintain systems of work that were safe and without risks to health.

The charge follows an investigation into an incident in April 2016 in which an apprentice received flash burns to his face and hands while working on overhead powerlines between Box Hill and Blackburn train stations.

The apprentice was working on a 22,000 volt line from an elevated work platform when it was prematurely energised from a central control room, resulting in an explosion. He remained on the platform as the line was energised again, resulting in a second explosion before he could be brought to safety.

The charges were filed in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.