Company faces work charges over death

WORKSAFE has charged a Melbourne civil construction company over the death of a worker who was crushed by a road roller in Mildura in 2017.

The 58-year-old Rochester man, who was working on the Murray Basin Rail Project, was crushed while helping load the roller on to a tray truck at the intersection of Seventeenth Street and Walnut Avenue on October 24, 2017.

Two weeks ago, Multi­works Australia was charged with two offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

It is alleged the comp­any’s failure to have in place a procedure or system, including a safety exclusion zone, for the loading and unloading of machines and equipment on and off trailers for transport breached the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

It is further alleged the company failed to provide information, instruction and training for such a system.

The matter was yesterday brought before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court and listed for a committal mention on June 11.

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