Charges laid for unsafe truss work

WorkSafe has charged a roofing truss manufacturer for unsafe work practices at a residential building site in Point Cook.
News article published

Friday 03 Sep 2021

Industries and topics
  • Construction
  • Cranes and lifting equipment

Melbourne Truss Pty Ltd has been charged with breaching section 26 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

It's alleged the company could have taken reasonably practicable steps to reduce the risk to health and safety during the delivery of trusses by ensuring:

  • Truss bundles were unloaded in a safe unloading zone.
  • Workers used appropriate PPE.
  • Crane operators worked from a safe location.
  • Truss bundles were attached to a properly balanced sling.

WorkSafe charged the company after attending the site following an incident in March 2020 in which a 35-year-old man died after being struck by a falling steel beam.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 13 September.