More charges for alleged Campbellfield stockpiles

WorkSafe has charged Bradbury Industrial Services Pty Ltd with additional alleged breaches of the Dangerous Goods Act for a chemical stockpile at a Campbellfield warehouse on Sydney Road.

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Published: 16 March 2020

The charges follow 42 charges already filed in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, in relation to chemical stockpiles at Bradbury's three Campbellfield sites on Brooklyn Court and three Craigieburn sites on Yellowbox Drive.

The company, which is now in liquidation, has been accused of committing seven offences under sections 31(1) and 45 of the Act.

WorkSafe alleges Bradbury failed to take all reasonable precautions to prevent a fire or explosion of dangerous goods at its Sydney Road premises in Campbellfield.

It is also alleged the company failed to reduce the risks associated with dangerous goods storage and failed to notify WorkSafe of an excess quantity of dangerous goods at the site.

Having exceeded the regulated fire protection quantity of dangerous goods, it is alleged the Bradbury failed to request the advice of the relevant emergency services in relation to a fire protection system and failed to have a written fire protection plan.

It is also alleged the company failed to properly display HAZCHEM placarding and failed to keep a manifest of its dangerous goods.

The Sydney Road stockpile was one of a number of sites uncovered during a joint WorkSafe and Environment Protection Authority investigation into dangerous goods storage in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in January, 2019.

The latest charges were listed for a filing hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 3 April 2020.