Charges laid over Campbellfield chemical fire

WorkSafe has charged Bradbury Industrial Services Pty Ltd over an explosion and chemical fire at a Campbellfield warehouse in April 2019.
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Monday 13 Apr 2020

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The new charges follow 35 charges already filed in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court in relation to alleged chemical stockpiles at other Bradbury sites in Campbellfield and Craigieburn.

The company, which is now in liquidation, has been accused of committing three offences under sections 21(2)(e) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and section 31C(1) of the Dangerous Goods Act.

WorkSafe alleges that Bradbury failed to provide workers at the Thornycroft Street site with the information, instruction, training and supervision they needed to perform their work safely and without risks to health.

The company is also accused of failing to take reasonable precautions to prevent fire or explosion at the site in circumstances where it knew that that failure would endanger the safety or health of people, property or the environment.

It is further alleged Bradbury failed to take reasonable precautions for the prevention of fire or explosion involving dangerous goods in its ownership, control or possession.

The latest charges have been listed for a filing hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 29 April 2020.