Feedlot operator charged after worker electrocuted

WorkSafe has charged the operator of a cattle feedlot following the electrocution of a worker near Dimboola.


The 29-year-old died when the telehandler he was using to stack bales of hay at the Gerang Gerung property made contact with overhead power lines in November 2020.

Harmony Operations Australia Pty Ltd is facing two charges under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide and maintain a working environment that was safe and without risks to health.

It's alleged the company breached sections 21(2)(a) and 21(2)(e) of the OHS Act by failing to establish an exclusion zone around the power lines and failing to provide necessary information and instruction to enable employees to work safely.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Horsham Magistrates' Court on 21 November 2022.