Trainer charged over track rider's death

WorkSafe has charged a horse trainer following the death of a track rider at Barwon Heads.


The 31-year-old man was killed after a car struck the horse he was riding across Thirteenth Beach Road about 6.30am on 9 March, 2020.

O'Brien Thoroughbreds has been charged with a single alleged breach of section 21(1) and section 21(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing, as far as reasonably practicable, to provide a system of work that was safe and without risks to health.

WorkSafe will allege that the company failed to implement a traffic management plan and to ensure that employees and horses wore high visibility clothing or equipment.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Geelong Magistrates' Court on 25 March.