Charges laid over tank container fire

WorkSafe has charged an industrial equipment supplier following a serious workplace incident at Derrimut.

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Published: 04 March 2021

Fuelcraft Pty Ltd has been charged with four alleged breaches of section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act; three under section 21(2)(a) for failing to maintain safe systems of work; and one of failing to provide information, instruction and training under section (21)(2)(e).

It's further alleged the failure to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware of the incident was a breach of section 38(1) of the OHS Act.

The charges relate to a May 2019 incident in which two workers using an oxy torch inside an ISO tank container were forced to evacuate when diesel residue ignited causing a fire.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 5 March.