Workplace manslaughter charge for forklift fatality

WorkSafe has charged the director of a stonemasonry business with workplace manslaughter after a sub-contractor was fatally crushed at a Somerton factory in October 2021.


The 45-year-old director is facing a single charge under section 39G(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The 25-year-old sub-contractor died after a loaded forklift being operated by the director on a sloping driveway tipped over and landed on top of him.

Workplace manslaughter provisions were introduced into the OHS Act in July 2020.

The maximum penalty for this offence for an individual is up to 25 years imprisonment.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 2 November 2022.