Transport company charged after steel beams hit worker

WorkSafe has charged a transport logistics company with seven offences after a worker was seriously injured at a West Melbourne freight depot in May 2021.


Arrow Worldwide Pty Ltd is facing three charges under section 23(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

The company is also facing four charges under section 26(1) of the OHS Act for failing to ensure that a workplace under its management and control was, so far as was reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.

It's alleged Arrow Worldwide failed to provide or maintain a safe system of work for loading freight onto vehicles using a forklift; failed to provide instructions to transport drivers; and failed to implement a traffic management plan to reduce the risk of mobile plant colliding with pedestrians.

The 64-year-old truck driver was seriously injured when a pack of steel beams weighing approximately 1.5 tonnes fell onto him from his flatbed trailer as freight was being loaded onto it with a forklift.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 31 May 2023.