Quarry operator charged over tip wall collapse death

A Gippsland quarry operator has been charged with two contraventions of the OHS Act after a contractor died when a tip wall collapsed and engulfed her truck.


MQG Sand & Soil Pty Ltd has been charged with:

  • Contravening section 21 of the OHS Act when it failed to provide, as far as reasonably practicable, a working environment that was safe and without risk to health.
  • Contravening section 26 of the OHS Act when it failed to ensure the means of entering and exiting the workplace were safe and without risk to health.

The charges follow a WorkSafe investigation into the incident at MQG Sand & Soil’s Nyora site in South Gippsland in March 2016.

The 30-year-old truck driver was operating a dump truck which was releasing a load of overburden into a tip at the north-east corner of the quarry site when the incident occurred.

WorkSafe will allege the company failed to implement control measures before constructing a tip for overburden by not taking a cautious approach, obtaining geotechnical engineering advice or implementing an appropriate dump design.

The case has been listed for a filing hearing in the Korumburra Magistrates’ Court on 20 September, 2018.