Companies charged following worker's death

Two companies have been charged with a series of offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act following the death of a carpenter at a construction site in August 2021.

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Published: 22 July 2022

The 23-year-old man died in hospital after he was found unresponsive beside a scaffold at the Moonee Ponds site.

Construction company Camillo Builders Pty Ltd and scaffolding company Max Scaff Pty Ltd have each been charged with two breaches of section 23(1) of the OHS Act in that both failed to:

  • Prevent or remedy any unauthorised alterations or interference with the scaffolding, contrary to regulation 105(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
  • Ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that persons other than its  own employees were not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the conduct of its undertaking.

Camillo Builders has also been charged under section 26(1) of the OHS Act for failing, so far as it was reasonably practicable, to provide a safe working environment without risks to health.

Both matters are listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 16 August 2022.