Builder charged after fatal fall at construction site

WorkSafe has charged a company after a worker died following a fall at a residential construction site in Templestowe in April 2020.
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Monday 02 May 2022

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  • Construction
  • Fall prevention

The 26-year-old man died in hospital from head injuries suffered when he fell more than two metres from scaffolding onto a concrete floor.

Ourarchi Pty Ltd faces one charge under section 26(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that the workplace was safe and without risks to health.

The company has also been charged under section 38(1) of the OHS Act for failing to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware that an incident had occurred.

WorkSafe further alleges the company breached section 39(1) of the OHS Act by failing, without reasonable excuse, to ensure that the site where the incident occurred was not disturbed.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 11 May 2022.