Charges laid over fatal wall collapse

WorkSafe has charged a contractor following the death of a worker at a residential building site in Ballarat.


The 56-year-old man was crushed when a brick wall collapsed onto him during demolition work at the Mount Pleasant property in September 2019.

Horsham Back-hoe Hire Pty Ltd has been charged with two alleged breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

It's alleged the failure to establish and maintain an exclusion zone around the live demolition areas was a breach of section 21(2)(c) of the OHS Act.

WorkSafe further alleges the company's failure to provide the information, instruction and training necessary to enable its workers to perform their work in a way that was safe and without risks to health was a breach of section 21(2)(e).

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on 19 February.